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This November there are 10 propositions on the ballot.
Propositions 6, 7, and 8 are the most important to the DRC. Please click on the images below to find out more about each proposition.
Vote Yes for Proposition 6
How it will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”
What it means: The proposed amendment would increase the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) from $3 billion to $6 billion. CPRIT provides grants and supports programs that advance cancer research. The organization, begun in 2007, is currently set up to receive $3 billion in funding until 2022. CPRIT has funded more than 5.7 million prevention services to Texans in all 254 counties, which led to the detection of over 3,600 cancers and identification of over 17,000 pre-cancers. Funding CPRIT is a critical investment in our state’s economy. A little over $450 million CPRIT grants have been awarded to academic institutions in the Metroplex and has led to another $332 million in direct follow-on funding raised by Metroplex area CPRIT academic grantees.
For more information, you can watch a short video on Prop. 6 provided by the League of Women Voters
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Vote Yes on Proposition 7
How it will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”
What it means: The School Land Board, an independent entity of the General Land Office, oversees the management, sale and leasing of more than 13 million acres of land for the Permanent School Fund. The State Board of Education can then make distributions from this fund to the Available School Fund. The revenue generated from the land is used to purchase real estate and make investments to help fund public education through the Available School Fund. This proposition would increase from $300 million to $600 million the amount the General Land Office could distribute to the Available School Fund each year. These additional funds were considered in the funding for the passage of House Bill 3 (school finance legislation passed in 2019) and will allow districts to purchase instructional materials and meet other funding needs.
For more information, you can watch a short video on Prop. 7 provided by the League of Women Voters
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Vote Yes on Proposition 8
How it will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”
What it means: Proposition 8 would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund outside of general revenue designed to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects across the state of Texas. The FIF would be established using a one-time distribution from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund.” The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) would distribute FIF funds to local governments through loans or, in some cases, as grants enabling the fund to use an existing agency versus creating a whole new agency to administer the funds. The money would be used to establish and maintain flood control structures and drainage infrastructure throughout the state, especially in economically distressed areas.
If passed, Proposition 8 would require cooperation among all impacted parties. A local government would receive money from the FIF only if it worked with other governments in the region and listened to stakeholder concerns in public meetings. The local government would also have to submit a technical analysis of the plan, comparing it to other possible projects in the region, and a proposal to repay the loan.
For more information, you can watch a short video on Prop. 8 provided by the League of Women Voters
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