Watson Criticizes Combs, Tax Subsidy Programs

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, criticized Republican Comptroller Susan Combs on Wednesday, saying she had a “cavalier” approach to doling out millions of dollars in tax incentives, including the award eventually granted to the promoters of F1 auto racing.

Watson emphasized that the F1 race and the Austin track where it was recently held will create positive economic development for years to come — and deserved to have the state as a partner. He helped draft the legislation that made it happen.

But Watson said Combs mishandled the tax subsidy program and is calling for changes in the way “events ...

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