Peggy Fikac -- San Antonio Express News:

What's in a name? When it comes to getting information from Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, apparently quite a bit.

The tax-reform panel named by Gov. Rick Perry asked Strayhorn's office almost six weeks ago to analyze proposals to provide a longer August sales-tax holiday and to allow local-option sales tax increases to cut property taxes.

"It's a little bothersome that 99 percent of the Capitol is extending their hand to help us and we haven't heard back from the comptroller," said Robert Howden, staff director of the Texas Tax Reform Commission.


"Our agency policy is, the request should come from the elected official," [deputy comptroller] Ancira said. "One of the reasons is we want to make sure it's the official request of the office, whether it be a state representative or state senator, or in this case, Mr. (John) Sharp's commission."

This request, Ancira said, should come from Perry or Sharp, the Democratic former state comptroller named to head the commission. He said Strayhorn's staff told the commission staff about the policy "soon after if not the same day that request came in. We have not heard back."

Howden said neither he nor other commission staffers got that call.

"It would have been nice if somebody called me and told me that," Howden said.

Sometimes, I almost get the feeling like Strayhorn and Perry just don't like each other.

Posted by Evan @ 01/06/06 08:48 AM


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