Texas Election-Road Referendum

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AUSTIN — Voters have approved a ballot referendum taking billions of dollars from Texas’ Rainy Day Fund for roads and transportation infrastructure projects.

Tuesday’s passage of Proposition 1 creates a constitutional amendment that diverts half the funds that flow into state cash reserves and instead sends them to a highway fund.

Booming oil and gas industries have bolstered the Rainy Day Fund, now worth about $9 billion.

The amendment means up to $1.7 billion for roads the first year. Its value will fluctuate later depending on oil and gas revenues.

Transportation officials have suggested that because of the state’s growing population, at least $4 billion in annual spending will be required to maintain current traffic levels on Texas roads.

Supporters say the measure is a good start.

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