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Comptroller Susan Combs’ office recently researched the accuracy of tax revenue estimates going back 40 years.
Comptroller Susan Combs’ office recently researched the accuracy of tax revenue estimates going back 40 years.

Comptroller Study Shows Difficulty of Predicting Future

The comptroller's office recently researched the accuracy of its two-year revenue estimates going back 40 years and five comptrollers. Comptroller Susan Combs' 2011 forecast, which underestimated state revenue by billions of dollars, has become an issue in this year's race to replace her.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.

Campaigns Test Conventional Wisdom With Summer Ads

In Texas, the traditional model for general election campaign advertising — don't run ads before Labor Day — is being challenged by some campaigns. Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has aired ads in movie theaters, and Democratic comptroller hopeful Mike Collier has already bought TV airtime in some markets.

State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, speaks to state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, speaks to state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston.

A Big Idea, With a Big Price Tag

Texas voters don't like their property taxes — some of the highest in the United States — and Republican Glenn Hegar is right there with them. But his opponent in the comptroller's race, Mike Collier, is talking up the likely result: a huge increase in the state's sales tax — already one of the nation's highest.

GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.

Comptroller Hopefuls Tout Reviving Clinton-Era Reviews

More than 20 years after then-Texas Comptroller John Sharp launched a popular program to cut government waste, the candidates to be the next comptroller are talking about reviving it. But the reasons that state lawmakers stripped the office of that power in 2003 may remain a roadblock.

GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 14, 2013

Your evening reading: comptroller candidates swap criticisms on taxes in forum; Perry sounds off on Obama's proposed fix on insurance cancellations; Davis filibuster worked into new episode of Parks and Recreation

House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, listens to committee counsel Rusty Hardin during a morning hearing on October 22, 2013.
House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, listens to committee counsel Rusty Hardin during a morning hearing on October 22, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 22, 2013

Your evening reading: Pitts testifies in Regent Hall investigation; Stefani Carter drops Railroad Commission bid for run at re-election; blowback over Combs' endorsement of Hegar for comptroller

Hegar Touts "Support for the Unborn" in Comptroller Ad

In the first campaign ad in his bid to succeed Comptroller Susan Combs, state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, promotes Texas' "business climate and our unwavering support for the unborn." Hegar is in a crowded race for the Republican nomination. State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, former state Rep. Raul Torres and former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina are also campaigning for the seat. Democrat Mike Collier recently entered the race as well.