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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.

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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Publication #96-369, July 2010

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