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The Texas Comptroller’s Office plays a vital role in the economic health and well-being of Texas, and as Comptroller, Susan is your partner in helping promote and energize state and local governments as well as the Texas business climate. She is the chief financial officer for Texas and steward of the state’s finances. Susan manages the state’s treasury operations, monitors Texas’ fiscal health, makes a biennial estimate of state revenue and ensures state taxes are collected fairly and efficiently to fund vital programs and services for the people of Texas.
To ensure your tax dollars are spent wisely, on January 4, 2007, Susan pledged the Comptroller’s Office would do its job “simpler, smarter and faster.” She put more information and tax forms online, so businesses and taxpayers have instant access 24 hours a day – at their convenience. That not only saves valuable time, but cuts costs as well for businesses and state government.
In addition, under Susan’s leadership, the Comptroller’s Office for the first time ever made information on how Texas is spending your tax dollars available to public view and scrutiny. She launched several projects to ensure a strong, competitive business climate for the state and has taken steps to help prepare tomorrow’s workforce for an ever-changing job market.
Susan even initiated a top-to-bottom review of processes and expenses at the Comptroller’s Office, and by removing duplication and streamlining procedures, so far Susan has saved Texas taxpayers a projected $10 million through innovative cost-cutting efforts.
All of this work has not gone un-noticed. Susan has been nationally recognized for her visionary use of technology in making the Comptroller’s Office more open and accessible. In 2008 the Center for Digital Government presented the award for Best Technology Solution Serving the Public to the Texas Comptroller’s Office for the Where the Money Goes website, an online look at how state agencies are spending tax dollars. In March 2009 Government Technology Magazine named Susan as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for her foresight and leadership in using technology to solve problems, meet evolving expectations and operate more efficient government operations. Susan was only one of three women in the United States receiving this honor.
When Texas voters elected Susan to be their Comptroller in 2006 they selected an innovative, can-do person who puts Texans first; who lives by the motto “it’s your money and you have the right to know how it is being spent;” who works to facilitate job growth and economic development; and who heads up an agency with almost 3,000 employees and an annual budget of about $220 million that is directly connected to anyone who lives, works, shops or does business in the Lone Star State.