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April 2009


Publication Credits

SUSAN COMBS
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

STAFF

DELANE CAESAR
Director of Public Outreach and Strategies

Creative Directors
Beth Hallmark and Dan Lynch

Editorial Team Leader
Karl Wolfshohl

Editor
Michael Castellon

Staff Writers
Karen Hudgins, Tracey Lamphere, Gerard MacCrossan, Clint Shields, Bruce Wright and Toree Roy (Intern)

Graphics Director
Dwain Osborne

Graphics, Layout and Photography
Duana Gill, Raul Santos and Barbara Schlief

Web Team Leader
Drew Scherz

Web Developer
Julie Lewis

About This Publication

FISCAL NOTES is one of the ways the Comptroller’s office strives to assist taxpayers and the people of Texas. The newsletter is a by-product of the Comptroller's constitutional responsibilities to monitor the state’s economy and to estimate state government revenues.

FISCAL NOTES also provides a monthly summary of the financial statements for the state of Texas.

Articles and analysis appearing in FISCAL NOTES do not necessarily represent the policy or endorsement of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Space is devoted to a wide variety of topics of Texas interest and general government concern.

FISCAL NOTES is not copyrighted and may be reproduced. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts would appreciate credit for material used and a copy of the reprint.

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FISCAL NOTES
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, this document may be requested in alternative formats. Contact the Public Outreach and Strategies Division at (512) 463-4900 or (800) 531-5441, ext. 3-4900 (VOICE), (512) 475-0345 (FAX), or visit the LBJ State Office Building, 111 E. 17th St., Room 301, Austin, Texas.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Publication # 96-369, April 2009

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this document may be requested in alternative formats. Contact the Public Outreach and Strategies Division at (512) 463-4900 or (800) 531-5441, ext. 3-4900 (VOICE), (512) 463-4226 (FAX), or visit the LBJ State Office Building, 111 East 17th Street, Room 311, Austin, Texas.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Publication #96-369, April 2009

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