In the latest report on state sales tax revenues, some towns are reporting huge increases in sales tax collections.
Asherton, for example, saw its January sales tax grow by 191 percent. Asherton is near the Eagle Ford Shale, an area being transformed by the oil and gas drilling boom.
As Mose Buchele reports for StateImpact Texas, a new bipartisan group of state lawmakers hoping to guide that transformation hosted its first meeting today at the Capitol.
It will also bring together senators and representatives who care about these issues and who want to unite in supporting legislation and securing funding for the programs involved.