This Week in Texas: October 12, 2011

Posted October 12, 2011 in The Mignon Memo

Deirdre Delisi, chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, has resigned from the position she has held since April 2008 to join Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. Commission member Ted Houghton was named as chair of the Commission to replace Delisi.

Rep. Chente Quintanilla (D-El Paso) confirmed rumors that he will run for the El Paso County Commissioner’s Court instead of House District 75.

Round Rock educator Rebecca Osborne will run for State Board of Education again. She will compete for the spot currently held by Marsha Farney who is running for a seat in the Texas House.

Republican Bracy Wilson is running in House District 70, currently represented by Rep. Ken Paxton (R-Plano) who is running for Senate District 8.

Here is some good news for the Texas economy. The state collected $1.76 billion in sales tax revenue in September, registering an 11.8 percent increase over the previous year. This makes 18th straight month of gains in one of the state’s primary revenue sources.