Email responses to PolitiFact Texas (excerpted), Catherine Frazier, deputy press secretary, Office of the Governor of Texas, July 7, 2011 and March 20, 2012

548 pm, March 20, 2012

To answer your question, Gov. Perry has kept his promise by continuing to work towards funding the plan and he’s already talked about the need to advance this effort in the 2013 session. It is a work in progress and one that will require funding over several sessions to be accomplished. Over the 80th and 81st sessions, $1.4 billion in bond proceeds were dedicated. Also, during the 82nd session the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was authorized to issue up to $200 million in FY12-13 to provide financing for State Water Plan projects, and through the Prop 2 that passed this past November, it provided TWDB an additional 4.3 billion in  bond proceeds in Water Financial Assistance bond authority.

Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 1:12 PM

To: Catherine Frazier

Subject: Water plan folo

 

Catherine:

Good afternoon.

 

I’m refocusing on Gov. Perry’s water plan promise, which you addressed briefly in the July email pasted below.

 

Here is what the governor said before the 2011 session:

"On the water side, I sincerely believe that the 82nd Legislature must finally execute our state’s water plan to help meet a demand that is expected to grow 18 percent over the next 50 years as our population doubles. Some might call the current price tag steep, but we must invest soon to avoid a water crisis in the not too distant future."

 

Broadly, the water plan lacks full funding. What share of the total projected costs were covered by the legislative action you describe below?

 

Is Perry’s promise to fund the water plan broken?

 

Thanks.

 

 

W. Gardner Selby

Editor, PolitiFact Texas

Austin American-Statesman

536 pm, July 7, 2011

17. Fund state water plan

SJR 4 passed and will be sent to the voters in November to allow the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue bonds not to exceed at any one time the aggregate principal of $6 billion. TWDB bonds are self-supporting and the debt service on these bonds does not require an appropriation of general revenue by the Legislature unless the Legislature chooses to authorize subsidized financing.

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