One of the major ideas behind increasing our spending on Texas state parks above the starvation budget they have been on is to enable our state to acquire and develop new parks. Maintaining the parks we have will not be enough to meet the needs of our state's growning population even into the near future.
But apparently, GOP state Rep. Warren Chisum, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee (and the same Chisum who was recently caught passing around nonsensical anti-Copernican literature a few weeks ago), may not support this idea. So Luke Metzger of Environment Texas claims in an email urging that parks supporters call our state representatives to urge them to ask Chisum to support funds for new parks.
Note that Chisum is one of the many, many co-sponsors of Rep. Hilderbran's bill to fully fund our parks system. This fact emphasises, as Charles Kuffner recently pointed out, that Hilderbran's bill is only a partial solution--albeit a crucial first step. We have to also make sure that the full amount of money actually gets appropriated--not just for this legislative session, but on into the future as well.
Otherwise, Texas' parks will continue to wither away, little by little.