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January 25, 2012

Comptroller Unveils Comprehensive Website for Texas Economic Data and Insight

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced the launch of a new, online resource for Texas economic data, news and analysis. The new website, The Texas Economy (www.TheTexasEconomy.org), will help Texas residents, business owners and policymakers connect with economic data in a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand format.

The Texas Economy features state revenue and spending data, more than a dozen economic indicators and analysis on a wide variety of topics, including fast-growing Texas industries and jobs, the drought’s effect on the state economy and the impact of obesity on Texas businesses and taxpayers.

The Texas Economy strives to make economic information and data more available to taxpayers through the use of informational graphics, video interviews, tables and snapshots of key data.

“The Comptroller’s office continually takes the pulse of the Texas economy and it is the purpose of this website to turn that information over to empower the taxpayer,” said Combs. “In the current dynamic economic climate, access to vital economic information in real time is paramount to individual success.” Combs said.

For example, site visitors can see yearly state trends in home sales, sales tax collections, building permits and more; view employment growth by industry; delve deeper into public education spending; or read about Texas communities making a name for themselves with innovative ideas and savvy. The site also covers economic indicators, business and industry, education and training, people and places, natural resources, health care, and revenue and spending.

Visitors also can subscribe to The Texas Economy e-mail list to get the latest updates and information sent directly to their inbox.

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