The Texas Senate recently approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 32, legislation which urges Congress to provide sufficient federal funding for the construction of a storm surge barrier along the Texas coast.
“Texas has been the nation's top exporting state for the last 14 consecutive years, with an estimated $650 billion in trade in 2015 alone; exports support some 1.6 million jobs and contribute over $200 billion to the gross state product,” states the resolution, which was introduced by Texas State Senator Larry Taylor. Resolution
The resolution notes the Gulf Coast region's vulnerability to major weather events, including intense hurricanes. Taylor's resolution goes on to support the work toward the construction of a coastal spine, such as the Ike Dike, which is being studied by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District.
“The potential benefits of the coastal spine are manifold, ranging from preserving life and property to spurring economic growth and cutting state expenses for disaster assistance,” stated the resolution.
The resolution was received this week by the Texas House of Representatives for approval. Legislation Status