In The News

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:20pm
Austin American-Statesman
Susan Combs

steps to address one of the most significant of those needs — water. Our reservoirs are only about 63 percent full, and drought is unfortunately an all too familiar sight. But we are facing this issue head-on. In 2011 voters approved $6 billion in bonding authority for water projects based on statewide assessments, and just one year ago voters approved moving $2 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the rainy day fund, to fund water projects for Texas.This is a responsible use of rainy day fund dollars, and these are essential steps taken toward protecting Texans from...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 1:23pm
Houston Chronicle
Susan Combs

Texans scored a significant victory this week when the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. soundly rejected claims by plaintiffs asserting that the dunes sagebrush lizard should have been listed as an endangered species over two years ago.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 5:28pm
Wall Street Journal
Bret Stephens

Bill Clinton made news earlier this month when he revealed, at a joint appearance with George W. Bush, that the 43rd president used to call him twice a year during his troubled second term "just to talk.""We talked about everything in the right world," Mr. Clinton said of the conversations, which lasted anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes. "He asked my opinion, half the time he disagreed with it. But I felt good about that, I thought that was a really healthy thing."

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 4:06pm
Susan Combs
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:08pm
Darrell Preston

Texas sold $5.4 billion of one-year notes at a record-low yield for the second-most populous U.S. state of 0.13 percent, according to the comptroller’s office. The borrowing, which will pay for schools and other expenses before receiving tax revenue, is the state’s smallest short-term note sale since 2007 and beat last year’s previous all-time low of 0.201 percent. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:12pm
Wall Street Journal

Premiums for individual major medical plans in Florida that are compliant with the federal Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regulatory requirements will go up an average of 13.2% in 2015, according to data provided to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) by insurance providers. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 1:23pm
Susan Combs

I wanted to let you know about a new effort we have undertaken for the fall General Election. As the CFO of the state, I have a broad and high-level perspective on the state’s economy, and I am constantly amazed at the extraordinary transformation that has taken place in Texas over the past few decades. How did this happen? About 20 years ago, conservative leaders set in motion policies and strategies to provide the best chance for every Texan. Their mission was simple: keep taxes low, keep government small, reward innovation and investment with certainty...

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:43pm
Austin American-Statesman
Dan Zehr

Texas has one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing youth populations, but the economic boost they could deliver when they enter the workforce won’t materialize unless the state supports the training programs they need to launch and sustain their careers, according to a new report released from the state comptroller’s office.The working-age population in Texas is projected to grow about 37 percent over the next three decades, the report said, more than three times the national average. And those young workers could provide the state a key economic advantage, giving it a more vibrant...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:46am
Houston Chronicle
Susan Combs and Harrison Keller

In an information-driven society, nothing is more important to our long-term economic success than a well-educated, well-trained workforce. If Texas is to continue its astonishing economic growth, we need to set high expectations for our public schools, workforce training, colleges and universities — and make sure we meet them, consistently, for all Texans.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 2:40pm
Austin American-Statesman
Julie Chang

Texas school districts trying to keep pace with growth are paying anywhere from $76 to $260 per square foot for new schools, a disparity that highlights a lack of uniform standards across more than 1,000 districts, according to a new report from the state comptroller’s office.State Comptroller Susan Combs said even getting the basic information about building projects was so difficult that she wonders how districts can say they are being transparent about their construction costs.“It took us seven months and tireless, relentless bird-dogging of every school district in the state to get it...