comptroller seal Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


October 20, 2016

So What Does a Comptroller Do, Anyway?

(AUSTIN) —Even though the Texas Comptroller's office has been around in one form or another for more than 180 years, many know very little about this agency, and its role in serving Texans.

In the latest issue of Fiscal Notes, we answer the question, "So what does a Comptroller do, anyway?" (Spoiler: We also settle the age-old debate about the pronunciation of our agency's name: "controller" or "comp-troller.")

"Texas state government is a $100 billion-per-year enterprise," said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the 36th person to hold this office. "While our agency plays many roles in keeping that enterprise humming, one constant remains: we're here to serve our customers — the taxpayers, legislators, state agencies, local governments and citizens of Texas."

In this issue, we also introduce a new feature — online-only content that provides a deeper look into our stories and topics. It's our way of helping you get the most out of each issue.

Published monthly, Fiscal Notes is online at, and can also be received by subscribing via the Comptroller’s website.

To learn more about the Comptroller's office, go to our video library.

Fiscal Notes is an extension of the Comptroller's constitutional responsibilities to monitor the state's economy and estimate state government revenues. It has been published periodically since 1975, featuring in-depth analysis concerning state finances and original research by subject-matter experts in the Comptroller's office.