- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Land Commissioner George P. Bush is applauding the creation of a special House committee on ports and infrastructure, saying it could further efforts to build a much-needed protective hurricane barrier along Texas’ Gulf Coast.

Last week, state House Speaker Joe Straus announced the creation of a Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure.

Bush said in a statement Monday that the coastal barrier is “our state’s most important infrastructure project.”

Though plans aren’t settled, any major push to better protect 350-plus miles of Texas coastline could potentially cost billions in state and federal funds.

Still, Bush noted that a major storm could “change the course of Texas’ economy and irreparably harm the lives of millions,” adding that “the time has come to get serious about investing in coastal protection.”

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