Governance

Few of the 21st century’s great challenges can be adequately addressed by individual jurisdictions; drought, heat, inundation and storms will not be contained by borders. Ten Across offers a platform for thinking beyond conventional boundaries, allowing for collaboration at scales commensurate with expansive issues.

The Ten Across transect includes the three most populous states, each in different phases of demographic and economic change. They play an outsized role, with other states and business sectors following their lead based on policy decisions. As they go, so goes the nation.

Despite Anger at Red-State Senators, Democrats Won’t Change Senate Rules. Here’s Why. Georgetown Public Policy Review (Pat Curran), Oct. 26, 2018.

25%

portion of U.S. House of Representatives from CA, TX, and FL

Source Despite Anger at Red-State Senators, Democrats Won’t Change Senate Rules. Here’s Why. Georgetown Public Policy Review (Pat Curran), Oct. 26, 2018.

CA and TX present contrasting notions of American governance. With diametrically opposed models of inclusion, taxation and regulation, the trajectories of these two states reflect a dynamic tension which will inform the future of the nation.

5th, 10th

Respective rankings by GDP, if CA and TX were countries

Source Texafornia dreaming: America’s future will be written in the two mega-states. The Economist, Jun. 20, 2019.

Can the urban-rural divide be bridged and become a source of understanding and mutual respect?

Expansive growth in Ten Across metro areas is increasing tensions along the widening urban/rural divide. A reflection of national political circumstances, the discord is apparent in the composition of state legislatures within the corridor that are frequently misaligned with fast-growing metropolitan populations.

Photo: gal2.org/David July

The folly of setting political boundaries without regard for the natural systems upon which daily life depends—particularly watersheds—leads to predictable conflicts. Intense and long-standing disputes are inevitable, some requiring federal intervention.

98y

Age of Colorado River Compact between CO, CA, AZ, NV, UT, NM, WY (1922)

Source Colorado River Compact. Congress of the United States. 1922.

82y

Age of the Rio Grande Compact between CO, TX and NM (1938)

Source Rio Grande Compact. Congress of the United States. 1938.

23y

Age of Apalachicola- Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Compact between AL, FL and GA (1997)

Source Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Compact. Congress of the United States. 1997.

Gerrymandering is especially evident along the I-10. Demographic changes and political intrigue have produced convoluted legislative boundaries intended to constrain the political influence of segments of the population.

AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016. Associated Press (David A. Lieb), June 25, 2017.

1 of 6

Florida included among states in which gerrymandering had measurable impact on 2016 election

Source AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016. Associated Press (David A. Lieb), June 25, 2017.

Governance necessarily produces boundaries, probably none more profound than U.S./Mexico border. Yet farmers in Mesilla Valley, New Mexico and Conchos River, Chihuahua are similarly dependent on climate-threatened Rio Grande water. The historically strong cooperative relationship between the countries must address challenges that belong exclusively to neither.

‘This is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico. New York Times (Natalie Kitroeff), Oct. 14, 2020.
The Supreme Court Has Waded into the Southwest’s Water Wars. Mother Jones (Sarah Tory), Jan. 25, 2018.

1944

signing date of landmark water treaty between Mexico and U.S.

Source Treaties Between the U.S. and Mexico. International Boundary and Water Commission.

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