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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Texas ag commissioner grants amnesty to cupcakes in first ‘official act’

In his first official act as Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller granted full amnesty to cupcakes. Miller was seeking to reassure Texas parents that it's legal to bring cupcakes and other treats to school — and that he'll protect that right.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Local debt climbs as Texas cities deal with population growth

WITH DATA FOR YOUR CITY | Texas cities, counties and school districts are relying more on debt to maintain services in a fast-growing state. While critics argue communities need to work harder to live within...

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Texas to strip clubs: Time to pay ‘pole tax’

A controversial strip club fee that lawmakers approved in 2007 is still winding its way through the courts, but Comptroller Susan Combs is pressing the clubs to pay six years' worth of “pole taxes.”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

State recognizes Hays County for financial transparency

State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office on Tuesday awarded the Hays County Commissioners court the Leadership Circle Platinum award, the state’s highest designation for financial transparency.

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Two Hays County species on comptroller’s study list

Freshwater mussels and the spot-tailed earless lizard — both of which reside locally — are two of three species considered at risk of being listed as federally endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Despite surplus, House and Senate offer lean budgets

Republican leaders in both chambers of the Legislature on Monday offered spare first drafts of the state’s next two-year budget that continue $5.4 billion in cuts to public education made last session and freeze funding for an...

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Legislature’s motto? Go big or go home

Following Monday’s rosy budget estimate from Comptroller Susan Combs, there is widespread interest among state leaders to make large investments in Texas' future this session, specifically billion-dollar commitments to water and transportation projects that prepare Texas for...

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Combs: Lawmakers will have $101.4 billion for budget

The Texas Legislature will have $101.4 billion to haggle over in crafting its next two-year budget, along with an extra $11.8 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday morning.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

San Marcos sales tax revenue up 5.61 percent

Retail sales in December increased the state’s sales tax allocation to San Marcos this month by 5.61 percent compared to last year’s payment, and generated revenues of $2,498,940.11.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Texas comptroller’s report assesses drought’s impact

A 12-page report released Wednesday by the Texas comptroller's office offers a wide-ranging look at the effects of the record drought that is still gripping Texas.

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