Tribpedia: Texas Comptroller Of Public Accounts

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the state government's chief financial officer, serving as its highest-ranking tax collector, accountant, revenue estimator and treasurer. The comptroller is elected statewide and serves four-year terms.

The Comptroller's Office has more than 3,500 employees and 30 field offices across the state. Its website contains numerous resources for businesses and residents ...

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar releases the revenue estimate on Jan. 12, 2015 to reporters and state officials the day before the legislative session.
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar releases the revenue estimate on Jan. 12, 2015 to reporters and state officials the day before the legislative session.

Hegar Suggests Shift in Rainy Day Fund Strategy

Comptroller Glenn Hegar is urging lawmakers to consider allowing his office to invest a portion of the Rainy Day Fund more aggressively, arguing that a greater return is worth the greater risk with the savings account.

Then-Gov. Rick Perry hoists the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix trophy on November 17, 2013, with Attorney General Greg Abbott watching on.
Then-Gov. Rick Perry hoists the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix trophy on November 17, 2013, with Attorney General Greg Abbott watching on.

Abbott, Hegar Propose Overhauling Events Fund Subsidies

Gov. Greg Abbott and Comptroller Glenn Hegar are calling for the Legislature to overhaul controversial taxpayer-funded programs used to lure sporting events to Texas and move them from the Comptroller to the Governor’s Office.

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs

Analysis: Out of Office, but Not Finished With Politics

Former Comptroller Susan Combs, who is off the list of statewide elected officeholders for the first time since 1999, still has a sizable political treasury and a desire to make voters out of conservative Texans who don't pay attention to politics. She thinks the way to do that is to open a website and start contributing to candidates and causes she supports.

A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2014.
A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2014.

First Wind, Now Gas: Tax Breaks Face Scrutiny

UPDATED: After calling for an end to subsidies for wind energy production, the Texas comptroller has released a report studying Texas’ largest incentive for natural gas producers. The tax exemption for "high cost" gas has shaved more shaved more than $8 billion off operators’ tax bills since 2008.

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.

Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.
Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.

Series: Bypassed by the Miracle

Check out Bypassed by the Miracle, our seven-part series on the people and communities that have missed out on Texas' economic success or are finding that it comes at a price. You can also read our related Falling Behind and Hurting For Work series.

Leander ISD's Whitestone Elementary School, shown on Aug. 21, 2014, has six portable classrooms to help with increased student enrollment.  District officials say If the district couldn't use capital appreciation bonds to borrow money, it would have to put more students in portables.
Leander ISD's Whitestone Elementary School, shown on Aug. 21, 2014, has six portable classrooms to help with increased student enrollment. District officials say If the district couldn't use capital appreciation bonds to borrow money, it would have to put more students in portables.

Swelling Districts Find Costly Way to Grow Campuses

Leander and other fast-growing school districts have relied heavily on a controversial financing tool called capital appreciation bonds to borrow money to expand even as they bump up against state limits on school district debt.

Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.
Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.

Critics Charge Local Bond Elections Lack Transparency

Texas voters approve billions of dollars in new local debt each year. A growing group of critics argues that voters wouldn't be so agreeable if they were more clearly informed of the debt that's already owed in their name.

Forensic chemist Rusty White completes a workout during a cross-training class at the DPS office in Austin on May 14, 2014.
Forensic chemist Rusty White completes a workout during a cross-training class at the DPS office in Austin on May 14, 2014.

Law Helps State Workers Find Time for Fitness

Since the passage of a 2007 law allowing state employees a 30-minute exercise break three times per week, several state agencies have begun offering popular lunchtime workout programs, like weight training and Zumba.

Paul McGuire, with the federal Bureau of Land Management, speaks with landowners in Clay County on April 28, 2014.
Paul McGuire, with the federal Bureau of Land Management, speaks with landowners in Clay County on April 28, 2014.

Tax Collection Moves Forward Despite BLM Dispute

While the federal Bureau of Land Management spends the next several years figuring out whether it owns some 90,000 acres of land along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River, landowners will continue paying taxes, at least for now.