The State of Texas will have an estimated $82,656 million available for general purpose spending in the 2012-13 biennium, 8.2 percent above the corresponding amount for 2010-11. (See Tables 1, 2, and 3.) This figure represents the sum of the 2010-11 ending balance, 2012-13 tax revenue, and 2012-13 non-tax receipts; less estimated transfers to the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF); and adjustments to General Revenue-related dedicated account balances.
Tax collections in 2012-13 will generate $71,624 million; and non-tax revenues will produce an additional $11,115 million. Factoring in the $1,136 million available ending balance carried forward from 2010-11, these three sources total $83,875 million. Against this amount, $1,909 million must be placed in reserve for future transfers to the ESF, and $691 million must be added for various adjustments to General Revenue-related dedicated account balances.
Taking all state revenue sources in all funds into account, the state is expected to collect $183,092 million in revenue for all state funds during the 2012-13 biennium.
The Texas economy added 232,900 jobs in fiscal 2011 (from August 2010 to August 2011), in large part because energy-related industries charged ahead from the nation’s worst recession since the Second World War. The outlook is for continued moderate job growth in fiscal 2012 and 2013. (See Table 4.) After rebounding by 2.2 percent in fiscal 2011, job growth is expected to slow somewhat in response to a period of economic weakness nationally and internationally. Still, job growth is forecast to average 1.5 percent annually during the 2012-13 biennium, resulting in a net gain of 314,000 jobs during the two years.
Even though employment growth will be slower than is typical for a period of recovery, the state’s economic production will expand at a modest pace as measured by the rate of growth in Texas’ gross domestic product. Adjusted for inflation, Texas’ gross product is expected to grow by an average of 2.2 percent annually in fiscal 2012 and 2013, exceeding the nation’s expected growth rate of 1.9 percent annually.
Texas Still Outpaces the Nation. Texas added more jobs than any other state during the state’s 2011 fiscal year, had the highest job growth rate among the 10 most populous states, and had a faster growth rate than all but four of the 50 states. The relatively attractive economic picture in Texas, in the face of the weak national recovery, has encouraged a continuing influx of people into Texas.
The state’s population grew by 227,000 from net migration alone in fiscal 2011. That migration influx, along with more young Texas residents entering the working age population, has resulted in a Texas labor force that is growing faster than the supply of jobs. Hence the unemployment rate has not been improving, closing the year at 8.5 percent. Even so, Texas’ unemployment rate remains below the national jobless rate, which ended the year at 9.1 percent. The state’s unemployment rate is expected to ease gradually to average 8.3 percent in fiscal 2012 and 8.1 percent in fiscal 2013.
Following the bottom of the national recession, personal income in Texas grew steadily through the 2010-11 biennium, but at a tepid pace compared to previous recoveries. In fiscal 2010 it advanced at only a 2.0 percent rate, but with substantial hiring in oil and natural gas exploration and production in 2011 growth improved to 5.7 percent, although the service-providing industries remained weak. As the national economy continues to struggle, relatively subdued personal income growth is expected in Texas in the upcoming biennium, with a forecasted rate of 4.3 percent in fiscal 2012 and 3.7 percent in fiscal 2013.
Because the Texas economy will continue to be healthier than the national economy, migration will be an important part of future state population growth. Texas population will increase by about 926,000 in the 2012-13 biennium – an average annual increase of 1.8 percent – to reach an average of 26.6 million Texans in fiscal 2013. Almost half of this biennial population growth (420,000) is expected to come from net migration to the state.
Mining and Logging Was The Top Performing Industry. The fastest growing major industry in Texas in fiscal 2011, as measured by the percent growth in employment, was mining and logging, propelled by increased oil and natural gas exploration. Firmer market prices and the industry’s improved technologies underlie the expansion. The number of operating oil and natural gas drilling rigs in the state increased by almost 170 percent since its recent low of 329 rigs in June 2009 to 885 rigs in August 2011. Mining and logging added 16,800 jobs during fiscal 2010 and another 36,400 jobs in fiscal 2011, growing by a robust 17.3 percent in 2011 while the remaining Texas industries combined for job growth of 1.9 percent. With Texas serving as the headquarters for many companies in the oil and natural gas industry, the mining and logging industry’s contribution to Texas personal income is more than five times the national share.
Employment in the industry is expected to continue growing in fiscal 2012 before retrenching moderately in fiscal 2013. Overall industry employment will average 239,400 in the 2012-13 biennium, up from an average of 215,400 in the 2010-11 biennium.
Construction Aided by Heavy Engineering and Utility Projects. The Texas construction industry lost jobs in fiscal 2009 and 2010, shedding more than 17 percent of its workforce between the pre-recession peak in May 2008 and February 2010. The industry had modest job growth for the remainder of fiscal 2010 and early fiscal 2011, but employment was flat for the rest of fiscal 2011. Most of the construction jobs added in fiscal 2011 were in heavy and civil construction, as well as utility construction work by specialty trade contractors. Only one-fourth of the added jobs were in the construction of buildings and residences, as single-family residential construction remains depressed. The number of jobs in most sectors of the industry have grown, with the exception of highway, street, and bridge construction and building finishing contractors which have continued to see declines.
The number of multi-family building permits in fiscal 2011 was up by 68 percent over the count in fiscal 2010, increasing from 16,108 units to 27,009 units. Since the available housing stock and market conditions continue to suppress single-family housing construction, the total number of single-family building permits in fiscal 2011 was only 59,379, which was 11 percent less than in fiscal 2010 and was the lowest annual total since the early 1990s. The median sale price for an existing single-family home in Texas, unlike much of the country, continues to rise slightly, increasing by 1 percent during 2011.
Texas construction employment increased by 26,700, or 4.7 percent, in 2011, but the gains occurred at the beginning of the year. Statewide construction employment totaled 594,100 in August 2011.
The Texas outlook is for overall residential construction activity to pick up in the 2012-13 biennium, with all of this growth in multi-family starts, as the number of single-family starts will be lower in the 2012-13 biennium than in 2010-11. Aided by an expected 13 percent increase in the value of nonresidential construction, construction employment will expand from an average of 577,800 in 2010-11 to 602,000 in 2012-13, an increase of 24,200 jobs, or 2.1 percent per year.
Exports and Drilling Activity Boost Manufacturing. Exports continued to boost Texas manufacturing. After being battered by the recession and currency fluctuations, the total value of Texas exports increased by 20.9 percent in 2010 and another 21.6 percent in fiscal 2011, even in the face of economic doldrums in European Union markets. According to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER) Trade service, Texas is the nation’s leading exporting state, as it has been since 2002. Due in large part to a surge in sales to North American Free Trade Agreement partners and the rising demand for Texas exports in Asia, the value of Texas exports has grown more quickly than the national average. Texas exports totaled $236.8 billion in fiscal 2011, which was over 16 percent of the U.S. total and 18.9 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.
With growth further spurred by strong demand for drilling rigs and equipment for the state’s energy industry, the economic value of Texas manufacturing increased from $156.9 billion in fiscal 2010 to an estimated $168.0 billion in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Comptroller’s estimates of gross domestic product. After a weak 2010, Texas manufacturing industry employment grew by 2.6 percent in fiscal 2011, faring better than the nation’s 1.8 percent growth. The state’s manufacturing employment was estimated at 834,100 in August 2011, up from 813,000 in August 2010.
Manufacturing employment is expected to continue growing in the 2012-13 biennium, by an average of 1.1 percent per year.
Service-Providing Private Industries Add Jobs in 2011 at a 2.7 Percent Pace. Among private service-providers, all the industries except information added jobs during fiscal 2011. Professional and business services grew by 53,200; trade, transportation and utilities expanded by 45,900 jobs; education and health services added 38,800; and leisure and hospitality services tacked on 33,600 jobs. The financial activities and other services industries each grew by 10,100 jobs. Information is the smallest service-providing industry in Texas, and in fiscal 2011 it contracted for the eleventh consecutive year, losing another 7,500 jobs.
The 2012-13 outlook is for private sector service-providing employment to increase by 343,100, an average of 2.4 percent growth annually. Trade, transportation, and utilities is expected to add 92,300 jobs during the biennium, followed closely by professional and business services at 91,000 jobs. Education and health services and leisure and hospitality services are related largely to demographic factors, and they will grow by 74,600 and 51,000 jobs, respectively. The information industry is predicted to lose another 1,500 jobs.
Government Employment Drops at All Levels. Government employment in Texas declined by 35,500 jobs (1.9 percent) during fiscal 2011, the result of budget constraints, school district and postal service cutbacks, and the loss of the last 2010 census workers still employed at the beginning of fiscal 2011. Federal government employment declined by 8,700 in Texas, even with an increase of 2,200 defense-related jobs. State government had moderately lower employment, declining by 0.7 percent, even though state government educational institutions added employees. Local government accounts for 68 percent of all government jobs in Texas, and school district employment makes up nearly two-thirds of local government employment. Local government employment fell 1.9 percent in fiscal 2011. Over the two year 2012-13 biennial period, total government employment in Texas – federal, state, and local combined – is expected to decrease by 64,800 jobs.
Forecast Concerns. The national economy is expanding slowly, but a potential recession in European Union countries, slowing Asian economies, the political stalemate in Washington, and high unemployment rates have sapped business and consumer confidence, and as a result the nation’s economic recovery has slowed and the pace of future recovery is in question. Texas is not immune to this economic weakness. The fading momentum of the nation’s economic recovery is a major concern.
With the state’s relatively high concentration of oil and natural gas operations, energy prices have cushioned the bottom-line impact on Texas. However, high fuel prices suppress growth in the state’s energy-consuming sectors and limit consumers’ buying power. The outlook for the mining industry is less optimistic in the 2012-13 biennium than in 2010-11, with the industry’s employment losses in fiscal 2013 counterbalancing the gains in fiscal 2012.
The state’s unemployment rate remains uncomfortably high. Part of this is due to Texas’ relative economic success, causing an influx of job seekers in numbers that exceeded job growth.
Even with these possible pitfalls, there are some bright spots. Multi-family housing and heavy and civil engineering construction are boosting construction employment. A relatively weak dollar, especially against emerging market currencies, means that Texas exports will cost less overseas and provide an opportunity for continued health in Texas’ export trade. The Federal Reserve Bank is expected to keep the federal funds target rate near zero through most, if not all, of the 2012-13 biennium, at least until the national economy strengthens. Pent-up demand for automobiles and consumer goods is being reflected in stronger retail sales growth in fiscal 2012; this demand is expected to have been met and no longer in effect by fiscal 2013.
And Texas continues to have the advantages that have kept it growing faster than the nation. These include positive net migration into the state; a location at the heart of the nation’s healthiest economic region and an international border with a country with optimistic growth prospects; an experienced workforce; and a relatively attractive business environment including a lower cost of doing business.
The ending certification balance for 2010-11 was $1,136 million after setting aside a required $1,088 million transfer to the Economic Stabilization Fund related to 2011 tax collections and to be transferred in fiscal 2012.
As required by the Texas Constitution, a total of $1,088 million was set aside from fiscal 2011 receipts and was transferred to the ESF in November 2011. This transfer, which represents a portion of the oil and natural gas production tax receipts, was not included in the General Revenue-related funds available for 2012-13 biennial appropriations. The ESF reserve for transfers totaled $1,539 million for the 2010-11 biennium.
With respect to 2012-13 revenues, the portion of state oil production and natural gas tax collections reserved for transfer to the ESF should total $1,909 million over the biennium. Again, as required by the Texas Constitution, these estimated transfers to the ESF have been deducted from available revenues and balances.
At the end of the 2012-13 biennium on August 31, 2013 – before the Fall 2013 required transfer of fiscal 2013 revenues – the ESF balance should total $7,321 million.
The state’s tax system is the main source of General Revenue-related funding. Taxes are expected to yield $71,624 million during the 2012-13 biennium, contributing 86.6 percent of total net revenues. Compared with the $65,136 million collected in 2010-11, total General Revenue-related tax collections in 2012-13 are expected to register a 10.0 percent increase.
Since 1988, state sales tax revenues have accounted for more than half of all state General Revenue-related tax collections. Motor vehicle sales and use taxes provide the second-largest source of general tax revenues, followed by the proceeds from the state’s general business tax – the franchise tax. The franchise tax is the largest state tax not levied on consumption.
Sales and Use Taxes. In fiscal 2011, General Revenue-related sales and use tax collections totaled $21,401 million, a 9.4 percent increase from recession-affected 2010 receipts of $19,560 million. Recovery was evident in all major sectors, but was especially vigorous in mining and other oil and natural gas-related sectors.
Sales tax receipts from the mining sector rose 72.2 percent in fiscal 2011, a consequence of the boom in the Eagle Ford Shale play and the increased activity in the Permian Basin resulting from higher oil prices and improved extraction technologies. This surge in oil and natural gas mining activity – the active drilling rig count rose from an average of 380 in September 2009 (the start of fiscal 2010) to 885 in August 2011 (the end of fiscal 2011) – stimulated increased activity in manufacturing (drilling and well equipment) and construction (oil field road building). In part fueled by this activity, sales tax collections from the manufacturing sector rose 13.8 percent, and 14.7 percent from the construction sector in 2011.
Housing-related construction activity, however, remained subdued. Texas monthly residential building permits averaged 7,199 for fiscal 2011, slightly above the fiscal 2010 average of 6,926, and far below the peak average of 17,757 in fiscal 2006. Consequently, sales tax collections from housing-related construction activity did not grow significantly.
Sales tax collections from the retail trade sector rose 5.1 percent in fiscal 2011, and accounted for 38.5 percent of total sales tax collections. Receipts from information (telecommunications) services grew 5.4 percent, and for restaurants growth was 7.1 percent.
Growth in sales tax collections is expected to moderate in the 2012-13 biennium. The recent elevated level of oil and natural gas-related sales tax receipts should continue, although some decrease from those historically high levels is expected. Housing construction activity shows no signs of picking up significantly, and with the slow pace of overall job growth, tax collections from retail trade are expected to increase, but only moderately. Therefore, sales tax collection growth, quite rapid in fiscal 2011, is expected to decelerate over fiscal 2012 and 2013.
Sales taxes are expected to generate $45,167 million in General Revenue-related revenue in the 2012-13 biennium. This includes $231 million in speed-up collections (under the provisions of SB 1, 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011) in August 2013 and a multi-tax amnesty program expected to yield $75 million, predominately from the sales tax, in fiscal 2012. Compared to $40,961 million in sales tax collections in the 2010-11 biennium, this will represent a 10.3 percent increase in available biennial sales tax revenues.
Franchise Tax. Franchise tax collections in fiscal 2011, for all funds, were $3,932 million, a gain of 2.0 percent from fiscal 2010, following two years of revenue declines. For the 2010-11 biennium, franchise tax collections were $7,789 million, 10.5 percent below 2008-09 collections of $8,702 million. The economic recession that bottomed out in the summer of 2009 was the principal reason for the weak performance of the tax in the second year of the 2008-09 biennium and the first year of the 2010-11 biennium. A legislative change made in 2009, to increase the maximum amount of total revenue a taxable entity may have for filing a “no tax due” report from $300,000 to $1 million, further contributed to the revenue decline.
The slow and fragile recovery from the recession is expected to hold franchise tax revenue growth to relatively modest levels in the 2012-13 budget period. The growth also will be affected by SB 1 (82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011) which retained the $1 million revenue threshold for “no tax due” reports. The threshold will be lowered to $600,000 beginning in fiscal 2014. For the 2012-13 biennium, franchise tax collections are projected to reach $8,171 million, an increase of 4.9 percent over 2010-11.
HB 2 (79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2006) dedicated part of the franchise tax revenue to the Property Tax Relief Fund (PTRF). The dedicated revenue is the amount of tax collected that exceeds the amount estimated to be collected under the franchise tax as it existed prior to January 1, 2008. For the 2012-13 biennium, the expected allocation to the PTRF will be $2,695 million, an increase of $233 million from the 2010-11 biennium. The remaining $5,475 million in 2012-13 franchise tax collections will be held in the General Revenue Fund for general purpose spending.
Motor Vehicle Sales and Rental Taxes. After two years of declining revenues, General Revenue-related motor vehicle tax collections of $2,621 million in fiscal 2010 were slightly ahead of fiscal 2009 collections, signaling improvements in consumer willingness to purchase vehicles once again. As the Texas economy continued to gain strength throughout fiscal 2011, motor vehicle sales accelerated, and tax collections grew by 12.7 percent over fiscal 2010, to $2,954 million. Tax collections steadily improved during the 2010-11 biennium to reach $5,575 million, but were 5.3 percent below 2008-09 collections.
Motor vehicle tax revenue collections will continue to grow in fiscal 2012, by an expected 8.5 percent, as consumers and businesses continue to replace older vehicles in an environment of more available credit and high fuel prices, manufacturer and dealer incentives, and release of pent-up demand. Fiscal 2013 tax collections, however, are expected to decline moderately by 3.4 percent as pent-up demand subsides. In the 2012-13 biennium, tax collections should reach $6,303 million, an increase of 13.1 percent from 2010-11.
Oil & Natural Gas Taxes. Since 2002, oil prices have taken a generally upward path, rising from an average of $17.54 per barrel in January 2002 to $131.35 in June 2008. This price increase was the result of various forces, including persistent threats of supply disruptions abroad; hurricane-related production losses in the Gulf of Mexico; diminished production capacity; growing global demand; and the depreciation of the U.S. dollar. In the second half of 2008, the beginning of the worldwide financial meltdown caused oil prices to drop sharply, reaching a low of under $33 in February 2009. The fall in oil prices was in part due to a stronger U.S. dollar. As markets sensed the financial crisis had peaked and the dollar again declined, oil prices recovered to the $60 level by June 2009 and averaged $60.03 for all of fiscal 2009.
For fiscal 2010, oil prices gained traction and reached an average of $72.75 for the year, setting the stage for the drilling boom for oil and hydrocarbon liquids in unconventional resources, most notably in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.
In fiscal 2011, as the European financial crisis subsided, concerns rose about the U.S. dollar value and inflation, instability in the Middle East and North Africa, the Libyan production supply disruption, and the persistent demand growth in emerging markets led by China, all of which drove oil prices to almost $106 by April 2011. With taxable oil prices averaging $87.85 in 2011, General Revenue-related oil production and regulation tax revenue collections reached an all time high of $1,473 million, up 46.0 percent from the $1,009 million collected in fiscal 2010.
The production growth that began in fiscal 2009, then continued in 2010, and accelerated in 2011 confirmed the reversal of a nearly four-decade production decline that began when Texas oil production peaked in 1972. However, given limitations in the supply of water available for oil and natural gas well fracture-stimulation operations because of the ongoing Texas drought, and the competition for manpower and equipment in developing other unconventional plays in North America, Texas oil production may experience a temporary decline in the short term.
Anticipating the diminishing demand caused by the expected slowing of Asian and European economies, taxable oil prices should average $78.65 per barrel in fiscal 2012 and $78.67 in fiscal 2013. As such, oil production and regulation tax collections are expected to be $2,520 million in the 2012-13 biennium, an increase of 1.5 percent from 2010-11 collections of $2,482 million.
Texas natural gas production has been on an upward path since 2003 due in large part to the tremendous growth in output from the Barnett Shale formation. With ample supplies of natural gas in storage – attributable in part to previous warm winters, weak demand, recessionary pressures, and increased production levels – the market price for natural gas fell from an average annual high of $7.50 per thousand cubic feet (MCF) in fiscal 2008 to below $3 per MCF in August 2009, the lowest level since August 2002. Prices have subsequently risen and stabilized near the $4 level, with an average of $3.96 in fiscal 2010 and $4.13 in fiscal 2011. The average taxable price is expected to be $3.98 in 2012 and $3.93 in fiscal 2013.
The number of operating natural gas drilling rigs in Texas swung from a high of 756 during September 2008 to a low of 243 during July 2009. With the range between crude oil and natural gas prices above historical levels, crude oil drilling rig counts surpassed those for natural gas in December 2010. From that point, the natural gas rig count has held stable in the low 300s, while rig counts for crude oil have risen to a level of over 550. The relatively higher crude oil prices also have increased drilling for natural gas liquids (NGL’s) and condensates, contributing to higher overall volumes of liquids production and associated tax revenues.
As domestic natural gas supplies have grown, reliance on natural gas imports has decreased. Imports of natural gas from Mexico and Canada have declined, as have liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. As natural gas prices relative to other fossil fuels have become highly competitive, the use of natural gas for electric generation and transportation has increased.
General Revenue-related natural gas production tax collections in the 2010-11 biennium were $1,835 million, with notable contributions from increased production volumes of NGLs, condensate, and casinghead gas. While drilling activity appears to be temporarily cooling in the Barnett Shale play, interest in other gas plays, such as the Eagle Ford Shale that is rich in NGLs, has accelerated. Natural gas production tax collections are expected to reach $2,290 million in the 2012-13 biennium, an increase of 24.8 percent from 2010-11.
Insurance Taxes. General Revenue-related collections from the state’s various insurance taxes in the 2010-11 biennium were $2,671 million, a decrease of 1.3 percent from the 2009-10 biennium. Insurance tax collections are expected to increase substantially in the 2012-13 biennium, primarily as a result of the continuing economic recovery, but also due to recent changes in the way surplus lines insurance contracts are taxed.
Under the terms of the federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of 2010, as of July 21, 2011 only the home state of an insured is authorized to collect premium taxes on a surplus lines or independently procured policy. From that date forward, Texas will collect premium taxes on all surplus lines policies written for insureds whose home state is Texas, regardless of where the actual covered risks are located. Before the NRRA provisions, Texas collected premium taxes only on those portions of surplus lines policies covering risks located in this state, regardless of the home state of the insured. It is estimated this change will result in an additional $22 million in premium tax revenue in the 2012-13 biennium.
Insurance premium tax credits for Certified Capital Companies (CAPCO) and for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) assessments will continue to negatively impact premium tax collections. Pursuant to legislation passed in 2001 and 2003, CAPCO investment tax credits are available to take at an aggregate rate of $50 million per year through 2016, and Hurricane Ike-related TWIA assessment credits are available at an aggregate rate of $46 million per year through 2013.
For the 2012-13 biennium, insurance tax revenue collections are expected to total $2,851 million, an increase of 6.8 percent from 2010-11.
Motor Fuel Taxes. In fiscal 2011, collections from motor fuel taxes for all funds grew by 2.0 percent over fiscal 2010, with receipts from the gasoline tax up by a modest 0.8 percent and from the diesel tax by a robust 6.1 percent. Gasoline tax collections in 2011 continued a four year trend of sluggish, but positive, growth. Conversely, the sharp rise in diesel tax collections for fiscal 2011 came after declines in 2009 and 2010. Conventional thinking is that the diesel tax increase is due to the recovering economy. Collections from motor fuel taxes for all funds in the 2010-11 biennium were $6,146 million, and in the 2012-13 biennium collections are expected to grow by 2.6 percent to reach $6,304 million.
SB 1 (82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011) requires a onetime speedup of a portion of motor fuel taxes to be remitted in August 2013. The bill also delays the allocation of all motor fuel taxes that would have occurred in July and August 2013 to September 2013. After deducting for transfers to State Highway Fund 0006, General Revenue-related collections from motor fuel taxes for the 2012-13 biennium are expected to rise by 28.5 percent from 2010-11, from $1,644 million to $2,113 million, due largely to the speedup and delays.
Cigarette, Cigar, and Tobacco Products Taxes. Cigarettes accounted for 89 percent of the excise tax revenue collected from all types of tobacco products sold in Texas in the 2010-11 biennium. Revenue collected from the cigarette tax is allocated to the General Revenue Fund and the Property Tax Relief Fund (PTRF).
In addition to cigarettes, Texas imposes excise taxes on snuff, chewing tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco, large and small cigars, and other types of tobacco products. HB 2154 (81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009) changed the taxation method, effective in fiscal 2010, for tobacco products other than cigarettes and cigars from a tax on the item’s wholesale price to a tax on its net weight. The new tax structure increased revenue collections, and provided for allocations from the new revenue to the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program Account, in addition to the existing allocations to the General Revenue Fund and the PTRF. All tax revenue collected from cigars is allocated to the General Revenue Fund.
In the 2010-11 biennium, excise tax collections from all tobacco products and for all funds totaled $2,948 million, a decrease of 1.8 percent from the 2008-09 biennium due primarily to decreasing cigarette tax collections. Cigarette use is declining in response to increasing product prices, changing social attitudes, health concerns, and other factors. In the 2012-13 biennium, revenue collections from all tobacco products are expected to decrease by 3.7 percent to $2,839 million.
From all tobacco excise taxes collected in the 2012-13 biennium, $1,149 million will be allocated to the General Revenue Fund and $1,638 million will be allocated to the Property Tax Relief Fund. The allocation to the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program Account should be $51 million, considerably more than the amount allocated in 2010-11 due to provisions required by law.
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes. Texas levies six alcoholic beverage taxes. Four are excise taxes paid by wholesalers, including taxes on beer, liquor, wine and malt liquor (also known as ale). The airline and passenger train beverage tax is collected from travelers on airplanes and trains. The mixed beverage tax is paid by alcoholic beverage consumers in establishments permitted to sell mixed drinks and all other forms of drinking alcohol.
Over three-quarters of alcoholic beverage tax collections are generated by the mixed beverage tax, which is levied at 14 percent of gross receipts. The growth in General Revenue-related alcoholic beverage tax collections in the 2010-11 biennium over 2008-09 was 5.7 percent, to total $1,671 million, following average biennial growth in the previous two biennia of 13.5 percent. In the 2012-13 biennium, tax revenue collections are expected to grow by 9.2 percent compared to 2010-11, as the economy continues to rebound from the recession, to reach $1,825 million.
A significant part 2012-13 biennium revenue gains will result from the provisions of SB 1 (82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011), which requires a onetime speedup of alcoholic beverage tax revenues to be remitted in August 2013.
Utility Taxes. General Revenue-related revenue collections from utility taxes in the 2010-11 biennium were $936 million, a decrease of 8.4 percent from the 2008-09 biennium. Total revenues should rise by only 3.9 percent in the 2012-13 biennium, to $973 million, reflecting the slow economic recovery. However, increased natural gas transmission volumes through pipelines will bolster collections from the gas utility pipeline tax. Although growing, estimated 2012-13 biennium utility tax revenue collections will be 4.9 percent below 2008-09 collections.
Hotel Occupancy Tax. Following robust 29.5 percent growth in General Revenue-related hotel occupancy tax collections in the 2006-07 biennium, collections grew at a more modest 10.2 percent rate in 2008-09 as the effects from the national recession were felt in Texas in fiscal 2009. Tax collections again declined in fiscal 2010, then increased modestly in fiscal 2011 as tourism and business travel slowly started to recover. For the 2010-11 biennium collections were down by 4.9 percent. Revenue collections in the 2012-13 biennium are expected to grow by 10.0 percent to $748 million compared to 2010-11 collections of $680 million.
Other Taxes. The state’s remaining taxes include the currently dormant inheritance tax and taxes on such disparate subjects as oil well services, the occupation tax on attorneys, coin-operated machines, cement, sulphur, bingo rental receipts and combative sports. General Revenue-related collections from these taxes are expected to be $211 million in the 2012-13 biennium, an increase of 19.8 percent from the $176 million collected in 2010-11, due primarily to expanding oil and natural gas drilling activity in Texas and the resulting impact on oil well service tax collections.
In addition to the $71,624 million in tax revenue estimated for the 2012-13 biennium, the state’s General Revenue-related funds are expected to receive $11,115 million in non-tax revenue. This represents an 11.1 percent increase from the $10,002 million in non-tax revenue in 2010-11. Non-tax revenue comes from the total return distribution from the Permanent School Fund to the Available School Fund, state lottery proceeds, fees, and other sources.
Interest and Investment Income. General Revenue-related interest and investment income in the 2012-13 biennium is expected to increase by 70.0 percent to $1,940 million from income of $1,141 million in 2010-11. The $25 billion Permanent School Fund (PSF) historically produces nearly all of the investment income accruing to General Revenue-related funds.
Along with the higher base market values of the financial assets of the PSF, two other factors contributed to the expected $799 million interest and investment income increase in the 2012-13 biennium. First, in November 2011, voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution that expanded the base by which distributions from the PSF to the Available School Fund (ASF) are calculated to include General Land Office discretionary real assets and cash in the state treasury, and will increase fiscal 2012 and 2013 distributions to the ASF by $73 million each year. Second, the annual PSF distribution rate used for the 2012-13 biennium will be 4.2 percent compared to the 2010-11 distribution rate of 2.5 percent. The PSF distribution percentage is adopted biennially by the State Board of Education.
Lottery Proceeds. Lottery ticket sales increased by nearly 2 percent in fiscal 2011, but with a higher prize payback percentage, higher retailer bonuses, and growth in a new lottery game benefitting veterans, transfers to the Foundation School Fund (FSF) declined by 3.7 percent from 2010. The percentage of ticket sales returned to players as prizes increased from 62 percent in fiscal 2010 to 64 percent in fiscal 2011. Even though FSF transfers declined from 2010 to 2011 and per capita ticket sales have been trending down, population and personal income growth will help lottery ticket sales and FSF transfers in the coming biennium. Lottery transfers to the Foundation School Fund are projected to total $1,939 million in the 2012-13 biennium, a decline of 1.2 percent from transfers of $1,964 million in 2010-11.
Remaining Revenues. In addition to the two revenue sources discussed above, the non-tax revenue category includes licenses, fees, fines and penalties; the sales of goods and services; land income; contributions to employee benefits; the settlement of claims (including tobacco settlement proceeds); unclaimed property; third-party payments from private vendors in the state-federal Medicaid program; and federal payments to the state for treating indigent patients, among other revenue sources.
Texas began receiving regularly scheduled court settlement payments from tobacco product manufacturers in fiscal 1999. In the 2012-13 biennium, tobacco settlement receipts are expected to total $945 million, a 2.0 percent decline from the $965 million received in 2010-11. The amount of each annual tobacco settlement payment is the product of a computation, a procedure that includes an adjustment for changes in the volume of national cigarette sales by the settling manufacturers in the year of the payment. Those sales volumes continue to be negatively affected by cigarette tax increases imposed by all of the states (and in some cases their local governments) and by rising manufacturer cigarette prices. The resulting higher consumer cigarette prices, along with new cigarette package warning labels and expanding public smoking bans, are likely to continue the national decline in cigarette consumption, lower the volume of the settling manufacturers’ cigarette sales, and reduce future tobacco settlement payments to the states.
With respect to federal payments, General Revenue-related revenues from the Disproportionate Share Program, which helps pay for indigent care at state and local hospitals and the closely related Upper Payment Limit Program, which pays eligible health care providers at the generally higher Medicare rates – rather than Medicaid rates – for each procedure, are expected to total $669 million in 2012-13. State vendor drug rebates from major pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in Medicaid’s vendor drug program will reach $1,056 million in 2012-13.
Revenue collections to all funds is estimated to total $183,092 million in the 2012-13 biennium. Of this amount, General Revenue-related receipts will total $82,739 million, and dedicated federal income is estimated to account for $71,248 million.
Most of the federal funds or income will be used for health and human services, highway construction and maintenance, and public education programs. Federal funds revenue estimates for the joint state-federal Medicaid program that appear in several Appendix tables assume a higher level of state match in fiscal 2013 (and, therefore, more federal reimbursement) than has been currently appropriated – as required by 42 USC Sec. 1396a, State Plans for Medical Assistance – and this issue will undoubtedly be addressed when the 83rd Legislature convenes in January 2013. If, however, the state portion of Medicaid remains at current appropriation levels for fiscal 2013, it is estimated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that the federal portion of Medicaid funds could be $5.6 billion less that year.
A second large source of all funds revenue is the State Highway Fund’s share of motor fuel tax revenue, which is constitutionally dedicated to highway construction and maintenance and public transportation.
Total estimated revenues do not include certain local funds that are appropriated but not deposited into the State Treasury, but they do include certain revenues that are deposited in the State Treasury but are not appropriated, such as royalties deposited to the Permanent School Fund.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.