This Week in Texas: September 15th, 2010

Posted September 15, 2010 in The Mignon Memo

Will there be a gubernatorial debate in Texas? At this point, no one knows. Governor Rick Perry has said that if Bill White doesn’t release certain tax returns by Sept. 15 – today, there will be no gubernatorial debate. White has argued that it is not proper for Perry to set conditions for the debate. The last time a gubernatorial race was decided in Texas without a debate was 1990. The candidates that year were Democrat Ann Richards and Republican Clayton Williams.

Texas’ sales tax collections closed out the fiscal year $1.5 billion — or 7 percent — short of projections for 2010, according to figures released last week by Comptroller Susan Combs.