susan combs http://kut.org en Combs Spurs a Political Stampede http://kut.org/post/combs-spurs-political-stampede <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">What a difference a fact makes.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Texas politics jumped from the speculative to the competitive realm Wednesday with Comptroller&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/susan-combs/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Susan Combs</a>'s announcement that she wouldn't seek re-election and the nearly instant expressions of interest from a half-dozen people who'd like that job.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:47:56 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 7972 at http://kut.org Combs Spurs a Political Stampede Agenda Texas: The Post Session Horse Race Begins http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-post-session-horse-race-begins <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94843316" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The end of a legislative session usually triggers the beginning of the next election cycle. But before anyone could throw his or her hat in the ring, we had an incumbent exit the arena.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7953 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: The Post Session Horse Race Begins Susan Combs Won't Seek Re-election http://kut.org/post/susan-combs-wont-seek-re-election <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Comptroller&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/susan-combs/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Susan Combs</a>&nbsp;announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election and that she is retiring from public office at the end of her term in 2015. Combs, who had been positioning herself to run for lieutenant governor, will not run for that post or other elective office.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">"It is with a deep sense of gratitude for the past, coupled with excitement for the future, that I announce today I will not be seeking elective office in 2014," Combs said in a statement, adding that she would keep working on several policy priorities, but that she wanted to spend more time on her West Texas ranch. "I want to make my intentions clear as soon as possible for prospective statewide candidates."</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:11:40 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7918 at http://kut.org Susan Combs Won't Seek Re-election Oil Lobbyists Oversee Protection of Threatened Lizard http://kut.org/post/oil-lobbyists-oversee-protection-threatened-lizard <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">When Texas promised to protect a threatened lizard in the oil-rich Permian Basin, state officials entrusted the day-to-day oversight to a nonprofit that sounds like an environmental group: the Texas Habitat Conservation Foundation.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">What’s not advertised is the occupation of the board members who created it.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:18:07 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7477 at http://kut.org Oil Lobbyists Oversee Protection of Threatened Lizard Amazon to Start Paying Texas Sales Tax http://kut.org/post/amazon-start-paying-texas-sales-tax <p>After talks between online retailer Amazon.com and the state over paying sales taxes collapsed last year, the parties have reached an agreement.</p><p>The Office of the State Comptroller and Amazon stated today that beginning in July, Amazon &ndash; which had a distribution center in Irving, Texas &ndash; will begin paying state sales tax.</p><p>Amazon also announced it will &ldquo;create at least 2,500 jobs and make at least $200 million in capital investments&rdquo; in Texas, over the next four years.</p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:29:27 +0000 Andy Uhler & Wells Dunbar 4112 at http://kut.org Amazon to Start Paying Texas Sales Tax Patterson Calls For Investigation Into Combs' F1 Deal http://kut.org/post/patterson-calls-investigation-combs-f1-deal <p>Texas Land Commissioner <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jerry-patterson/">Jerry Patterson</a> wants the Attorney General&rsquo;s office to investigate whether Comptroller <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/">Susan Combs</a> has the authority to commit taxpayer money to the Formula One races that could still come to Austin next year. &nbsp;</p><p>Race organizers were hoping to get $250 million over ten years from the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.texasahead.org/tax_programs/event_fund/metf.html">Major Events Trust Fund</a>.</p><p>Patterson, never one to mince words, called the deal a &ldquo;real turkey&rdquo; in <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/268699-jerry-patterson-news-release.html">a news release</a>.</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 21:09:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3057 at http://kut.org Patterson Calls For Investigation Into Combs' F1 Deal Susan Combs: The TT Interview http://kut.org/post/susan-combs-tt-interview <p>http://static.texastribune.org/media/audio/tt-combs0803.mp3</p><p>This has been a busy year for state Comptroller <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/">Susan Combs</a>.</p><p>The state Legislature began the year with a deficit in the current budget and a $28 billion shortfall in the next one, a financial predicament that put a heavy load on the state&#39;s chief financial officer. Last spring, her aides announced the agency had left personal information about 3.5 million current and former public school and state employees in an unsecure spot on her agency&#39;s website. After that news had been knocked around in public for several days, she took responsibility and fired some of her agency&#39;s technology managers. She has since beefed up the agency&#39;s privacy standards and has consultants working to see what harm was actually done. Separately, but also central to her political future, she changed her position on abortion rights. All of this came after she told the Tribune she might be interested in running for lieutenant governor in 2014 should the opportunity present itself. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:14:29 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 2130 at http://kut.org Susan Combs: The TT Interview Combs Switches, Says She Opposes Abortion http://kut.org/post/combs-switches-says-she-opposes-abortion <p>Comptroller Susan Combs has switched her position on abortion rights, from pro-choice to pro-life, she said in an interview with The Texas Tribune this morning.</p><p>Combs and her husband Joe also contributed $5,000 to the South Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center. Combs said the state needs to focus its policies on more counseling for young women.</p><p>Combs said flatly that she has changed her position on the abortion issue, moving from a &quot;pro-choice, but not pro-abortion&quot; position to opposition to abortions. &quot;I&rsquo;m unequivocal about it. I was wrong,&quot; she said.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:36:12 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 2126 at http://kut.org Combs Switches, Says She Opposes Abortion Texplainer: What are the State Event Trust Funds? http://kut.org/post/texplainer-what-are-state-event-trust-funds <p><strong>Hey, Texplainer: What are the State Comptroller&rsquo;s Events Trust Funds, and how do they work?</strong><br /><br />With ground broken on the Formula 1 <a href="http://circuitoftheamericas.com/" target="_blank">Circuit of the Americas</a> racetrack southeast of Austin, the racing venue recently found itself in a <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-council-delays-vote-on-whether-to-endorse-1559215.html" target="_blank">dispute</a> between the city of Austin and State Comptroller Susan Combs over the use of one of four trust funds intended to encourage the hosting of events in Texas.&nbsp;The funds provide money upfront to host events before the state recovers the money from hotel, alcoholic beverage, car rental, sales, and general use taxes in the period during and after the event. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:17:05 +0000 Chris Hooks, Texas Tribune 1884 at http://kut.org Texplainer: What are the State Event Trust Funds? Texas Comptroller Combs: "I Am Responsible" For Security Breach http://kut.org/post/texas-comptroller-combs-i-am-responsible-security-breach <p>Texas Comptroller <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/about/">Susan Combs</a> has announced another move to help the 3.5 million Texans who had their personal data exposed by her state office. Earlier initiatives to help Texans in the Teacher&#39;s Retirement System, Employees Retirement System and Texas Workforce Commission provided discounted subscriptions to credit monitoring services.</p><p>Now, Combs says she&#39;ll use campaign funds to pay for one year of credit monitoring and Internet surveillance - along with identity restoration services. Combs talked with Ben Philpott, who covers state politics and policy for <a href="http://kut.org/category/news/">KUT</a> and the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/">Texas Tribune,</a> about the data breach. You can hear the full interview below. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:11:11 +0000 Ben Philpott 1338 at http://kut.org Texas Comptroller Combs: "I Am Responsible" For Security Breach $300 Million More in State Coffers http://kut.org/post/300-million-more-state-coffers <p>Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says the state has more money to spend.&nbsp;</p><p>In a letter to Texas lawmakers today, Combs says sales tax receipts in recent months had increased enough for her to raise her pervious revenue estimate by 300-million dollars for the current budget.&nbsp; She also increased the amount of money lawmakers have to spend in the next budget.&nbsp;</p><p>The increase helps a little but does not make a huge dent in the multi-billion dollar budget hole.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:58:24 +0000 Ben Philpott 939 at http://kut.org $300 Million More in State Coffers Austin Sales Tax Revenue Up http://kut.org/post/austin-sales-tax-revenue <p>The state comptroller's office reports that Austin will see a <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/top20.html">13% increase</a> in sales tax revenue for January.</p><p>Texas took in over $1.81 billion for December, a 9% jump over December 2009.&nbsp; In a news release, Comptroller Susan Combs noted that this is the ninth straight month of year-to-year gains.&nbsp; In her budget estimate released earlier this week, Combs predicted sales tax revenue to continue rising this year and through the next biennium.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:39:45 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 621 at http://kut.org Austin Sales Tax Revenue Up Comptroller Says New Online Tool Lets You Compare School Thrift http://kut.org/post/comptroller-says-new-online-tool-lets-you-compare-school-thrift <p>As state leaders look for places to trim spending underneath a looming budget shortage that could surpass $20 billion, the Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today unveiled a new online tool that she says will allow anyone to rate how well schools are using money.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:37:35 +0000 Nathan Bernier 423 at http://kut.org Comptroller Says New Online Tool Lets You Compare School Thrift