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A Roadmap to Better

A Roadmap to Better

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In A Roadmap to Better, The Texas Comptroller provides an action guide for decision-makers to follow and show how Texans can exercise their rights as taxpayers to help ensure government remains open and responsive. We should never be hesitant to take a good, hard look at the numbers — it is vitally necessary for making knowledgeable decisions and standing strong for the future of Texas.

Learn more at http://www.texastransparency.org.

In A Roadmap to Better, The Texas Comptroller provides an action guide for decision-makers to follow and show how Texans can exercise their rights as taxpayers to help ensure government remains open and responsive. We should never be hesitant to take a good, hard look at the numbers — it is vitally necessary for making knowledgeable decisions and standing strong for the future of Texas.

Learn more at http://www.texastransparency.org.

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Published by: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts on Dec 04, 2012
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 A Roadmapto Better.
It’s Time to ChooseOur Fiscal Future
Texas, It’s Your Money 
Be inormed.Be engaged. Take charge.
Susan Combs
 Texas Comptrollero Public Accounts
 
Susan Combs
Texas Comptrollerof Public Accounts
Your Money andTe axing Facts
A “Texas, It’s Your Money”report on who is taxingyou and why.
 
Susan Combs
Texas Comptrollerof Public Accounts
Your Money and Local Debt
A “Texas, It’s Your Money”report digging deeperinto state and localgovernment debt.
Susan Combs
 Texas Comptrollerof Public Accounts
 Your Money andEducation Debt
A “Texas, It’s Your Money”report digging deeperinto public and highereducation debt.
Keeping A Sharp Eye On Public Pension Obligations
Susan Combs
 Texas Comptrollerof Public Accounts
 Your Money andPension Obligations
A “Texas, It’s Your Money”report digging deeper intopublic pensions
Texas, It’s Your Money
To download the reports, visitwww.TexasItsYourMoney.org.
 
O
ver the last year, I’ve been traveling around our state, talking with peoplerom all walks o lie—and doing a lot o listening. In 40 town hall meet-ings, a common theme has emerged about what’s on our minds. It’s prettysimple: Texans are worried about paying the bills. Not only our own householdbills, which can be challenging at times in the atermath o the recession, but theincredible bills being piled up by every level o government—bills that are goingto come due, whether we like it or not. This is about real amilies living real lives. They’re worried about their kids andgrandkids. They’re worried about the spiraling national debt, and the rapid growthin state health care costs, which will be accelerated by health care reorm. They’reconcerned about an ever-growing array o special purpose districts across Texasthat adds to their taxes.No one wants to suer the same ate as the poor proverbial rog in the pot o waterthat couldn’t tell that the temperature was getting too hot beore it was too late. That’s why we’ve taken the temperature o Texas public debt and pensions andexamined the various taxing entities that all take a toll on our take-home pay.Our
 
“Texas, It’s Your Money”
series o reports, summarized in this booklet, is anin-depth look at all the ways taxpayers’ wallets are aected. It’s our eort to giveevery citizen the inormation they need—and deserve—to make inormed deci-sions. And it’s an acknowledgement that the temperature in those pots is climbinga little each day. The question, as always, is “What are we going to do about it?” That’s a job or every Texan, taxpayer and elected ocial alike.
Be inormed. Be engaged. Take charge.
 Texas has ared better economically than most o the country, and we want to keepit that way. We don’t want to be like Illinois, Caliornia or Greece, where attempts torein in decades o fscal mismanagement are proving bitter pills to swallow. There will always be wants and needs, just as there will probably be those whowant to deliver both—despite the harsh realities that it must all be paid or. It’salways easier to say yes to every spending request or wish. But it’s ar more respon-sible to never orget that those credit card statements are still going to be in themailbox next month.
Smart people make smart decisions—and tough ones. They arm themselves withknowledge and meet the challenges head on. Let us know how we can help.
— SUSAN COMBS
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