Driving around Austin in May elicits a mix of undiluted optimism and heartfelt empathy for those of us WITHOUT kids in school. Sure, we look forward to easier summertime traffic, but we also remember the crazy Mays of years past when our own children had us sitting in rush hour traffic on the way to the games, band performances, meetings and graduation events that fill the month to bursting. In that spirit of May-related nostalgia, I want to send a word of encouragement to parents who are just trying to survive the month.
For more than two decades, Susan Combs has been committed to creating innovative and practical solutions across many sectors and levels of government, making it easier for taxpayers and citizens to access and understand their government.
She has also successfully worked to provide citizens with information and tools to empower them to more directly participate in their government. She has opened state and local spending to unprecedented taxpayer scrutiny and demanded financial accountability across all levels of government. Within her own agency, she has saved more than $12 million by streamlining processes and identifying efficiencies. Since she took office in 2007, Susan has also returned over $1 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
In addition, Susan has spent more than twenty years fighting for landowners, passing landmark private property rights legislation in Texas and creating innovative solutions to challenge federal overreach on private lands, while protecting our natural resources and ensuring the state's economy continues to thrive.
From her work as a former assistant District Attorney handling child abuse cases to her efforts to reform childhood nutrition policies and protect children’s identities, Susan has worked hard to protect the welfare of our children – our state’s future.
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Texas has a diversified economy and a strong business climate – and we are the envy of the nation. But our success is no accident. About 20 years ago, conservative leaders set in motion policies and strategies to provide the best chance for every Texan. We must tell the story of how our Lone Star Success happened and how we keep it going. Learn more about this new effort.