In The News

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:28pm
Austin American-Statesman
Brian Garr

Surpassing California for the first time, Texas is leading the nation in technology-related exports, according to a new report. State companies that make computers, semiconductors and communications equipment, among other products, exported more than $45 billion in products in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech industry lobbying firm.That was driven by Texas’ 7 percent growth — about $3 billion — in tech exports from 2011. Tech exports supported nearly 1.5 million jobs nationwide and about 331,000 jobs in Texas, according to the report. California, meanwhile, declined 2....

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 1:00pm
USA Today
Michelle Rhee and Susan Combs

We're professionals from different backgrounds: one a Democrat and education reformer, the other a Republican comptroller of public accounts for Texas. We may not agree on everything, but we are coming together around two common beliefs.We both believe that nothing is more important to America's economic future than a world-class public education system. We also believe that limited education dollars should be invested in proven programs that benefit kids, not in unnecessary administration, overhead or red tape.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:38pm
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
A-J Editorial Board

The greatest threat to the future growth of Texas is the lack of water. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recognizes this, and the Lone Star State is in her debt for her leadership in recent years in trying to avert a future water crisis.Our state currently is estimated to have more than 26 million people and is projected to have 46 million people by 2060. Can you imagine 46 million people in today’s Texas all trying to use our current water supplies?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:32am

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Announces Endorsement By Susan Combs

AUSTIN (February 4, 2014) – Today, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced the endorsement of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:14pm
Wall Street Journal

Governor Jerry Brown in his state of California speech last week recalled Joseph's advice from scripture to "Put away your surplus during the years of great plenty so you will be ready for the lean years which are sure to follow." If only government water regulators were as wise as Joseph.Mr. Brown has declared the state's severe drought an emergency. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas, the state's primary water source, is 20% of normal for this time of year, and reservoirs that capture the melted runoff are fast being depleted. While urging conservation, he says the government's ability to...

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:16am
San Antonio Express
Susan Combs

In Texas, the holiday season brought the welcome return of cooler weather, and — in some areas — even more welcome rain. It’s easy, on a cool, misty winter day, to forget that we’re still locked in an extended drought, the same one that brought the disastrous crop failures and wildfires of 2011.Unfortunately, we’re likely to be reminded of that fact in 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects that spring will see persistent or intensified drought in much of Texas, including the Panhandle and central and southern regions.Sooner or later, every drought ends. But our...

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:12pm

Will necessity be the mother of invention and help a booming Texas get the water it needs to keep growing? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 3:50pm

Yesterday, the Comptroller’s office released Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution, a report offering a broad view of water issues, including some of the wide-ranging implications of water shortages and the intricacies of water politics between states and nations.  Addressing our state’s water needs is critical to the state’s economy, and I hope this information is helpful.

This report examines the cycle of droughts and their economic impact on Texas, and also takes a deeper look at the larger issues of our state’s water supplies.  Low water supplies have high...

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 2:07pm
Wall Street Journal
Senator Tom Coburn

The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington but as one of the worst for the republic.

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 1:57pm
The Wall Street Journal
Kimberley A. Strassel

Watching Team Obama habitually assert that it can rewrite the Affordable Care Act on the fly, one wonders whether anyone in the executive branch still believes in following the law.