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Catalyst for Growth: The Importance of 25 Years of Projects Facilitated by the Texas Sales Tax for Economic Development
Report Published on September 09, 2014

Although there are many considerations in the corporate location decision process, the initiatives undertaken by economic development professionals (and funded by economic development sales tax receipts) have been the major contributing factors in many cases, and the Texas economy has benefited tremendously.

How is the state's revenue changing?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 05, 2021

Dr. Perryman describes some factors allowing Texas to gain some increased funding to put into the state budget. 

What do the Texas sales tax numbers from March mean?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 04, 2020

In the midst of a shutdown, state sales tax numbers for March saw a significant drop. Dr. Perryman describes what this means and what can be expected from the coming months.

Why did the comptroller's office increase the revenue forecast?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 16, 2019

The comptroller's office has upped the revenue forecast by $500 million, giving lawmakers more money to spend this session.

How has school funding changed over time, and in what ways are the funds used?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 12, 2017

Lawmakers don't have to take up school funding after the Robin Hood formula was declared constitutional, but Dr. Perryman says essentially local property taxes have become a substitute for state revenue.

Why was Texas almost a billion dollars short of its projected revenues for the 2016 fiscal year?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 13, 2016

As the fiscal year in Texas drew to a close on August 31st, it became apparent that the amount of revenue taken in was almost a billion dollars short of the revised projections.

State Budgets
Column Published in syndication April 29, 2020

States have begun to announce major projected budget shortfalls. Some estimates put the national total at $500 billion. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only decreased revenues, but also increased the need for state spending. The result is large gaps and looming calamity. Many states are asking the federal government to include relief in future stimulus packages. Some leaders in Washington have even suggested that states file for bankruptcy, but that has many adverse and disruptive consequences and is likely unconstitutional.

Rainy Days May Be Here To Stay (for the Short‑Term)
Column Published in syndication September 28, 2016

While the diversified state economy continues to grow, one area that will continue to feel the pains of lower oil prices will be the State Treasury. Texas greatly benefited from the oil boom through revenue from natural gas and oil production taxes, which equal 7.5% of the market value of natural gas and 4.6% of the value of oil production in the state. Sales taxes, motor fuels taxes, and many other sources of funds tend to rise with the price and production of oil.