Comptroller Susan Combs: Texas Trailblazer for Transparency

June 06, 2013

Comptroller Susan Combs has been a trailblazer in Texas.

The state’s chief financial officer announced recently that she would not run for re-election nor would she seek another office.  That is Texas’ loss.

Combs has been in public office for the past 20 years.   As a legislator with a ranching background, she was a leader in promoting private property rights in the state.  She served as Commissioner of Agriculture before assuming the role of Comptroller.

Since January 2007, the Texas Comptroller’s office has been a tireless advocate for financial transparency at all levels of government.  She has issued some amazing reports on government transparency – reports on taxes, spending and debt.

Her reports are capsulized and accessible on the Texas Transparency, It’s Your Money Snapshot page.

Combs also unveiled a new website – Tell the Truth Texas — which is designed to collect and distribute information on the debt and finances of local governments throughout the state.  Simply the title of the website is telling, so we can anticipate some interesting information to be posted there.  Citizens can also follow the issue on Facebook: facebook.com/tellthetruthtexas.

Tell the Truth Texas will be a one-stop source to collect all available information on local government finances in our state, including the existing and proposed debt of cities, counties, school and hospital districts and hundreds of special-purpose districts throughout Texas.  The website promises to deliver and encourages you to stay tuned — more will be posted in the coming weeks and months.

Susan has been consistent and insistent that government be transparent.  Most of us would think that is a no-brainer.  But it has amazed even Susan Combs to see the push-back local officials and their organizations have launched.

We at Americans for Prosperity-Texas are appreciative of the great work Comptroller Susan Combs has done for Texas by promoting transparency and look forward to working with her in the future – both during her remaining tenure and beyond.

We have the benefit of her in that position for 16 months and it appears we will  continue to see her fighting for taxpayers having benefit of government transparency.

Susan Combs will leave Texans with greater transparency and more accountability in government.  That is a lasting legacy.

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