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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 4:00pm
Susan Combs

The State of Texas has been remarkably successful in attracting businesses, persuading folks all across the country to vote with their feet, and retaining a vibrant young population. As the chief financial officer of this great state, I look around and marvel at what smart and thoughtful policies by real conservatives have achieved. How and why has it happened? It was not by accident. About twenty five years ago in the late eighties, we suffered through a very difficult recession, and faced up to some lessons painfully learned.

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:21pm
Mark Davis Show

Why are the bond elections so important? Listen to Susan's interview with Mark Davis on the May 10 bond elections.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:52pm
Houston Chronicle

Susan Combs, the happy anti-public debt warrior who serves as the current state comptroller, stopped by the Chronicle editorial board's offices the other day to ask if we had noticed that voters in our region are being asked to add about $1.7 billion to their public debt in the bond elections to be held on May 10th. In fact, we had not, and suspect that you may not have, either. Even more startling, the statewide total for local bond referendums to be decided next month is nearly $5 billion. Just to put that number into perspective, that would be enough to build about 15 Reliant Stadiums...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:23pm
Midland Reporter-Telegram

When it comes to bond debt, we believe that most people are appalled by other communities’ indebtedness but don’t seem to care about how much their own community has to pay.

It is the same with how we view lawmakers in Washington. Americans dislike Congress as a whole, but in many cases, they don’t have a problem with their own representative or senator.

The bond debt issue is one we have put out there for our readers, usually to the sound of crickets. In February, we reported the total debt payments (principal and interest) of Midland’s five taxing entities (the city, county...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:09pm
Wall Street Journal
Peggy Noonan

The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's morale. There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they're not making it worse. There are always more regulations, fees and fiats, always more cultural pressure and insistence. The president brags he has a pen and a phone. He uses the former to sign executive orders. It is not clear why he mentioned the latter since he rarely attempts to bring legislators over to his side. Who exactly is he calling? The most hopeful thing he's done is signal this week what he'll be up to after...

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...