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Gov. Perry Urges Water Referendum

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    Gov. Rick Perry is again urging voters to approve an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would use $2 billion from the state's rainy day fund to pay for major water infrastructure projects.

    The Republican is holding a press conference at Mansfield Dam Park on the Colorado River northwest of Austin on Wednesday.

    He's championing the referendum appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot.

    Last week, Perry campaigned for the ballot initiative in San Angelo, saying he plans to appoint a new water task force to oversee projects that would move forward with voter approval. The plan calls for creating new ways to ensure the state's reservoirs are full.

    The one-time payment from the rainy day fund is designed to ensure Texas' water needs are met for the next 50 years.