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Comptroller of Public Accounts

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for at least 12 months. Among duties: collects taxes and fees owed the state; reports the state’s financial condition to the Legislature at the end of each fiscal year and provides estimates of revenue for the coming year; provides economic development assistance to local governments and businesses; audits the performance of Texas schools. Current annual salary: $150,000Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 18 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas por lo menos durante 12 meses. Deberes: recauda los impuestos y las nóminas que se deben al estado; informa a la Legislatura sobre la condición económica del estado al final de cada año fiscal y proporciona cálculos estimados de los ingresos para el siguiente año; brinda asisten­cia en el desarrollo económico de gobiernos y empresas locales; realiza auditorías del rendimiento de las escuelas en Texas. Salario anual actual: $150,000
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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Revenue: What measures would you take to ensure the reliability of estimates of money available for state spending?

Immigration: Will it be a priority of your office to update the 2006 study of the financial impact of unauthorized immigrants on the Texas economy? Why or why not?

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

Campaign Phone (737) 808-4405
Education BA English, Latin, UT Austin MA English, British Literature & Technology UT Oxford Program, Brasenose College, Oxford UK Honors Graduate, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
17 years as innovative senior product leader in startups & Fortune 50 with P&L, acquisitions, and billions in revenue; pioneering small business owner incubating 23+ food+tech companies; Democratic delegate, state platform and resolution committees.
Accurate forecasting, regular audits, special reports on strategic opportunities as in healthcare, education; seek innovative federal or state programs for incremental revenue; independent reviews; expand definitions of programs to include related contingent areas and dependent programs and departments for more impact accuracy; systematic review protocol to ensure data.
Absolutely. The discussion on needs to have factual, actionable information that is clear for different types of immigration, in order to remove emotion, assumptions, and hyperbole. Only then can real legislation be written to affect change in the priority arenas to keep what is positive, or to reconsider what does not work for Texas.
Healthcare: the comptroller must provide a variety of reports and investigations on the real costs to Texas (and at the county and city/healthcare district level) on not implementing ACA Medicaid expansion. Texans DO pay, regardless, for uncompensated care; underfunded care, and due to a broken implementation that severely hampers a reasonable discussion on what is needed.
Campaign Phone (512) 366-5224
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Education Dallas Community College 1975; B.A, UT-Austin, 1978 (Awards: 1978 Society of Business and Economic Writers, 1978 Hearst Award for articles in the Texas Observer); MPA, UT-Austin, LBJ School UT-Austin 1983; J.D., S. Tex Col Houston, 1990.
With a background in public policy and law, I understand there has to be a systemic change in how Texas engages citizens in our economic efforts. For example, what planning was done for hurricane Harvey? For options, we need effective forecasts.
The Comproller's estimates have been as much about politics as economics. Estimating becomes even more precarious with the uncertainty of our extractive industries. The more the uncertainty, the poorer the predictions. We need to start building coherent local/regional economies. Our investment strategies, including the Rainy Day Fund, make little sense.
The 2006 report should be updated; such information should be one of the Comptroller’s status reports before each legislative session. Mr. Hegar said he would do an update four years ago, but has not done one since he became Comptroller. The 2006 study found “Undocumented Immigrants” provided more to the economy than they cost the State, though there was less local info.
Texas is poorly managed. The mantra of cutting taxes, suing the Feds, has been a diversion. In the wake of Harvey, we would have suffered more without the Feds. The Comptroller could provide better public data dispersed interactively to every region; then we will find new directions for a more engaged Texas.