Susan Combs

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Ruling Could Enforce Collection of Pole Tax in Strip Clubs

    After a legal fight waged for more than five years, it looks like strip-club going might in fact cost a little more here in Houston, the Mecca of strip clubs (can we really say that?). After the state supreme court ruled against a challenge from the Texas Entertainment Association that said the $5 ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    OMG Helena Brown Was Right! We Are Drowning in Debt (Or Are We? Susan Combs Decides)

    Quick, someone find a fiscal cliff to jump from. Susan Combs, the Texas comptroller of public accounts, released a report Wednesday saying we're all screwed. Public debt at the local level -- including community colleges, municipalities, school districts, etc. -- has more than doubled in the last d ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Five Jobs for Fastow

    Enron honcho needs work.

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    May 19, 2011

    Andy Fastow Needs Work: Some Potential Jobs

    Andy Fastow: Time to get a job​As you might have heard, Andy Fastow has returned to Houston after his stint in a federal prison. He's currently in a halfway house and, let's face it, he needs a job. Luckily the rules allow him to leave the facility for work or community service. But Fastow c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    How Much Are the Obese Costing Texas? Almost $10 Billion, Study Says

    This guy is money out of your pocket, Susan Combs says​Hey, Fatty McFatfat -- put down that honey-glazed ham and step away from the buffet table, because you and your kind are costing Texas nearly $10 billion a year.Gravy-stained canklesaurus rexes not only raise healthcare costs but add extr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Texas Budget Gap: The Estimate Comes In, and It's Huge

    Maybe we could use less lighting on the capitol building​Let's harken back to the blissful days of autumn 2010, when Governor Rick Perry was able to deflect any talk of a looming budget gap by blithely noting no official estimate for it had been made. Democrats' talk that it might be as high ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    The Whipping Boy

    How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?

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    April 12, 2010

    Texas Rebate Process Did Indeed Suck, State Comptroller Agrees

    Last week on April 7 thousands of Texans tried to sign up for appliance rebates only to be greeted with busy signals, dropped calls and an online system that went belly up early and often. Just released today is Texas Comptroller Susan Coombs acknowledgement that the program did not work as it sho ... More >>

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    October 15, 1998