Combs, Patterson Spar Over Ruling on State Incentives

A new legal opinion about how state incentive money can be used prompted a new round of sparring Friday between Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Comptroller Susan Combs, who could face off in a 2014 race for lieutenant governor.

At issue is whether Combs overstepped over her authority when she told Formula One auto racing promoters in a letter two years ago that the state would provide $25 million a year to support the group’s efforts to build a track in Austin. Patterson says she didn't follow the law. Combs says the promise of support did not represent ...

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