Comptroller hopeful vows better revenue forecasts

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When not overseeing tax laws in the Texas Legislature, Harvey Hilderbran counsels businesses on how to become more profitable. He says those jobs uniquely qualify him to be the state's next chief financial officer.

The Republican is in a crowded race to replace retiring Comptroller Susan Combs.

Democrats blame Combs for the Legislature's massive education spending cuts last budget cycle after her forecast of state revenue fell short by billions of dollars.

If elected comptroller, Hilderbran promised to avoid such mistakes, in part by revising his estimates more often.

The Republican race to replace Combs appears headed for a runoff since none of the four candidates will likely break the 50 percent mark in the primary Tuesday. The winner will face Democrat Mike Collier, a Houston accountant, in November.

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