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A Report to the Citizens of Texas
Sept. 1, 2007 – Aug. 31, 2008


Shining a Light on State Spending

Texans deserve to know how their government spends their money. The Comptroller's Where the Money Goes Web site offers a virtual check register available to anyone at any time to drill down to specific details on state expenses.

The Comptroller's Open Book Texas initiative has taken this effort a step further by linking to information on leveraging the state's buying power through TxSmartBuy, showcasing financial transparency on the local level with the Texas Transparency Check-up, and studying how the state's information systems can better share data through a "single set of books."

Saving Through Simpler, Smarter, Faster Solutions

The state is growing, and the need for state services is growing with it. To meet increased demand with existing resources, the Comptroller's office is dedicated to streamlining and improving business processes to save taxpayer dollars. This effort already has led to more than $8.5 million in year over year cost savings/cost avoidance for the agency.

On a statewide level, the Comptroller's office closely studied the vast array of goods and services purchased by the state to identify smarter ways to buy and save. The first phase of this effort focused on several of the state's largest spending categories with initial estimated savings of $28 million.

Providing Educational Opportunities for All Texans

To help offset increasing college tuition costs, the Comptroller's office unveiled the Texas College Savings Plan, the Lonestar 529 Plan, and the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. The plans allow college savers to put away money now for tomorrow's college expenses and prepay tuition at today's rates.

Making it Fast and Easy to Find the Information You Need

The Comptroller's office launched a complete redesign of its Window on State Government Web site for a more transparent, streamlined and user-friendly experience that helps users quickly locate the information they need. The office also launched the Texas Ahead economic development portal, the Every Chance, Every Texan work force and education portal, the Transparency Check-Up and Open Book Texas sites, and a refreshed State Energy Conservation Office Web site with new navigation, organization and search capabilities.




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