Texas communities depend on the property taxes generated by retail businesses. But should open, operating stores be taxed in the same way as closed ones?
Texas has become a hub for international trade. And all this trade moves through one or more of Texas’ 29 official “ports of entry” — seaports, airports, border crossings and multi-modal facilities that offer train, air and roadway links to the state and nation.
Certificates of obligation (COs) provide local governments with flexibility when projects must be financed quickly. But the way COs circumvent voter approval has made them controversial, leading to 2015 legislation restricting their use.
Texas law requires the Legislature to do the math when considering new laws by providing for a “fiscal note” that accompanies each bill.
While the Texas economy delivers a generally dependable stream of revenue to state coffers, collections of the various taxes comprising that revenue stream can and do vary from year to year, sometimes quite dramatically.
Are tax incentives generating the promised economic benefits? Are governments and communities getting their money's worth? The answers to such questions aren't always easy to get.
While Texas retail businesses and others know the Comptroller’s office well, to the average Texan the agency can be something of a mystery.
Millenials have brought a different attitude to the workplace that embraces work/life balance, new technologies and new approaches to successful careers.
As most Texans know by now, the decline in energy prices is weighing on the state economy - and the tax revenue it generates.
Texans have a long and proud military tradition, and have distinguished themselves in every conflict since there was a Texas. But for many communities throughout the state, the military isn't just a focus for pride.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.