Rainy Day Fund http://tpr.org en In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power http://tpr.org/post/first-policy-address-abbott-wants-limited-rainy-day-fund-use-more-veto-power <p>Speaking at a campaign event in Brownsville on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said he’d like to introduce laws that further restrict the legislature’s access to the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.</p><p>"I will promote a constitutional amendment that strictly limits the fund to be used only -- either for one, its intended purpose of meeting unforeseen budgetary shortfalls, reducing existing debt, one-time infrastructure payments and expenses related to state disasters," Abbott said.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:29:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 20999 at http://tpr.org In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power The Source: Gun Rallies Downtown | Proposition 6 Opposition http://tpr.org/post/source-gun-rallies-downtown-proposition-6-opposition <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, downtown San Antonio will be filled with an estimated 1,000 armed men and women espousing their right to carry openly rifles and shotguns. "<a href="http://www.dontcomply.com/come-and-take-it-america/" target="_blank">Come and Take It San Antonio</a>!" has billed itself as a peaceful march and open carry event at the site of the Alamo. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:43:19 +0000 Paul Flahive 20371 at http://tpr.org The Source: Gun Rallies Downtown | Proposition 6 Opposition The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan http://tpr.org/post/argument-against-prop-6-water-plan <p>A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote &quot;no&quot; on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state&#39;s water problems.</p><p>Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.</p><p>If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state&#39;s Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:00:21 +0000 Ryan Loyd 20244 at http://tpr.org The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw http://tpr.org/post/study-shows-rainy-day-fund-looks-stable-even-water-and-transportation-draw <p>In the next two years voters will be deciding two propositions that take a percentage from the oil and gas tax money helping grow the state&rsquo;s Rainy Day Fund.&nbsp;</p><p>The first of those is up for a vote this November and would take $2 billion out of the fund to help pay for water projects. The second proposition, which will be on the 2014 ballot, will take $1 billion to fund transportation projects.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:50:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19847 at http://tpr.org Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw Political Action Committee Preparing To Mobilize Water Bill Support http://tpr.org/post/political-action-committee-preparing-mobilize-water-bill-support <p>Water Texas, a political action committee formed by Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, is getting ready to start a campaign to encourage voters to approve the use of $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to help fund the next 50 years of water projects in Texas.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:03:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16158 at http://tpr.org Political Action Committee Preparing To Mobilize Water Bill Support Missing Lawmakers May Bring Third Special Session To A Halt http://tpr.org/post/missing-lawmakers-may-bring-third-special-session-halt <p>Just after the start of the third&nbsp;special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio excused over 35 members because of pressing business in their individual districts.</p><p>A transportation bill that passed the Senate this week will require 100 votes in the House in order to pass, but the missing members will likely keep the bill from getting enough votes to pass.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:05:31 +0000 Ryan Poppe 15879 at http://tpr.org Missing Lawmakers May Bring Third Special Session To A Halt New Transportation Plan Would End Gas Tax Diversion http://tpr.org/post/new-transportation-plan-would-end-gas-tax-diversion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas House has given initial approval to a transportation funding plan that uses money from the gas tax rather than tapping the Rainy Day Fund.</span></p><p>As it stands today, and has since 1991, 20 cents of every gallon used to fill up your car has gone to the state's highway fund with the stipulation that five cents of it would go to fund education.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:02:59 +0000 Ryan Poppe 14895 at http://tpr.org New Transportation Plan Would End Gas Tax Diversion Transportation Funding Passes One Hurdle In Senate http://tpr.org/post/transportation-funding-passes-one-hurdle-senate <p>Senate Joint Resolution 2, which was authored by <a href="http://www.nichols.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville</a>, would continually transfer $1.8 billion to transportation once the Rainy Day Fund grew to $6 billion.</p><p>Some in the Senate, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who has seen a decade of being told "no," say the use of the Rainy Day Fund is finally somewhat defined.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:05:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13379 at http://tpr.org Transportation Funding Passes One Hurdle In Senate House Republicans Have Backup Plan To Revive Water Bill http://tpr.org/post/house-republicans-have-backup-plan-revive-water-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans in the Texas House are planning to revive a water bill that died on the House Floor last week due to a technically.</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 20:29:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10792 at http://tpr.org House Republicans Have Backup Plan To Revive Water Bill Senate Passes Water Funding Bill, House Variation Is "Doorknob Dead" http://tpr.org/post/senate-passes-water-funding-bill-house-variation-doorknob-dead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in the Texas Senate wasted no time passing a bill to fund the future of Texas’ water needs, </span>passing <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB4" target="_blank">Senate Bill 4</a> by unanimous vote within the stretch of just a few hours.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.fraser.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay</a>, authored the bill that sets up the structure of awarding 500 water projects over the next 50 years. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:25:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10546 at http://tpr.org Senate Passes Water Funding Bill, House Variation Is "Doorknob Dead"