DALLAS — With its population expected to nearly double to 46 million in 50 years, Texas is confronting one factor that could impede that growth: a shortage of water and the money needed to keep it flowing.

Amid one of the worst droughts on record and an anti-tax political environment, Texas voters are considering a $6 billion bond program — Proposition 2 — for water development and another proposal — Proposition 8 — that would offer tax incentives to landowners for protecting water quality.

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