February 7, 2013
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Joins Legislative Leadership to Announce Government Transparency, Pension Legislation
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs joined legislative leadership to announce the filing of legislation aimed at improving government transparency and empowering taxpayers to make informed decisions about taxes and public debt.
January 7, 2013
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the state’s Biennial Revenue Estimate, showing the state is projected to have $101.4 billion available for general-purpose spending during the 2014-15 biennium. The full Biennial Revenue Estimate is available on the Comptroller’s Web site.
December 4, 2012
Comptroller Susan Combs Announces Final Report in the Texas, It’s Your Money Series
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the final report in the Texas, It’s Your Money series titled, Your Money and Pension Obligations. Combs also announced recommendations aimed at improving government transparency for legislative leadership to consider in the upcoming session.
This latest report provides a detailed look at state and local pension programs, while the overall report series offers Texans a clear picture of who is taxing them, how their money is being spent and how public debt is growing. Each one of the reports focuses on financial obligations of taxpayers and provides suggestions on how government should provide more transparency regarding those obligations. Combs is now recommending the Legislature consider these suggestions in the upcoming session.
September 15, 2011
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
Comptroller Susan Combs (at right) presented a Texas Honors Circle Certificate to Mesquite ISD Superintendent Linda Henrie on Sept. 15, 2011. Mesquite was rated as a 5-Star district for the second consecutive year in the updated Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST).
In the new report, 46 school districts receive the highest rating of five stars, compared to 43 districts that achieved the top ranking in the original study. Five stars mean the district’s spending is very low compared to peer districts, and students’ academic performance is very high in comparison with the rest of the state.
July 20, 2011
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Promotes Martin Cano to Chief of Criminal Investigations
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs swore in peace officer Martin D. Cano, Jr., a 20-year veteran tax auditor and tax fraud investigator, as the chief of the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) during a ceremony in Austin on July 20, 2011.
Combs also announced that law enforcement and CID veteran Jim Harris will replace Cano as deputy chief of criminal investigations. Harris came to the Comptroller’s office in 2003 after working for law enforcement in the Houston area for 22 years, including service for the Houston Police Department and the Bellaire Police Department.
The Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division investigates and seeks prosecution for tax evasion, tax fraud and other Tax Code violations. Some of the most common criminal operations include sales tax violations, cigarette and tobacco tax scams, motor fuels tax evasion and evasion of motor vehicle taxes by falsification or failure to transfer title documents. Learn more about CID and their investigative successes.
January 10, 2011
Comptroller Susan Combs Releases 2012-13 Biennial Revenue Estimate
Combs released the state’s Biennial Revenue Estimate during a news conference in Austin on Jan. 10, 2011. The Biennial Revenue Estimate reports the amount of revenue available for the Legislature to spend in the 2012-13 state budget. The full Biennial Revenue Estimate is available on the Comptroller’s Web site.
September 14, 2009
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Appoints Max Westbrook as Chief of Criminal
Combs swore in 24-year Austin Police Department veteran Max Westbrook as the new chief of her Criminal Investigation Division during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin on Sept. 14, 2009. The Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division deters intentional criminal conduct against the state tax laws by detecting and investigating tax-related crimes and by informing the public of the results of case prosecution on its Web site.
August 11, 2009
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Announces Details of the Every Chance
Funds in Laredo.
Combs unveiled the Every Chance Funds, a $25 million initiative providing grants and scholarships for career and technical education, during a press conference in Laredo on Aug. 11, 2009. Combs said this investment in education will reap social and economic dividends for years to come. Complete details about the Every Chance Funds are available on the Comptroller’s Web site.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate to the 81st Legislature and the Governor in Austin.
Combs officially issued her Biennial Revenue Estimate during a press conference in Austin on January 12, 2009. Combs said the state can expect to have $77.1 billion available for general-purpose spending during the 2010-11 biennium. The full Biennial Revenue Estimate is available on the Comptroller’s Web site.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Initiates “Open Book Texas” to Ensure Tax Dollars Go Farther in Challenging Economic Times in Austin, on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Combs officially introduced “Open Book Texas,” a three-part effort to ensure tax dollars go farther in challenging economic times, during the press conference in Austin. The three projects include Texas Smart Buy, the Texas Transparency Check-Up Web site and the Single Set of Books initiative.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announces the opening of the new Texas Tuition Promise Fund in Austin on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Texas families now have a program to lock in college tuition and fees at current rates by prepaying those expenses before their children attend college. Combs officially opened the new Texas Tuition Promise Fund during the press conference and announced details of the prepaid tuition program.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs meets with the Business Tax Advisory Committee at the Capitol.
The BTAC is comprised of tax experts, legislators and business representatives who will analyze the revised franchise tax’s effect on the business community and the Texas economy. The committee will issue a report to the Legislature by January 2009. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs chairs the committee. Rep. Myra Crownover, Rep. Warren Chisum, Sen. Steve Ogden and Sen. Kirk Watson represent the Legislature on the committee. (Austin, Tx.)
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs meets with a class of PE students at Whittier Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.
She makes brief comments and observes students using equipment purchased with Texas Fitness Now grant money. Texas Fitness Now supports in-school physical education programs and provides students with a foundation for a life of fitness and healthy lifestyle choices.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs participates in a question
and answer session at the Texas Association of Builders Winter
Board of Directors' Meeting - Government Relations Committee
hearing in Austin, Texas.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs talks about her continued plan
to set new standards for transparency in state spending