Texas Cities Among Friendliest in Nation to Small Businesses

AUSTIN, February 8, 2016 – The Texas environment for would-be entrepreneurs ranks among the nation’s best for business friendliness, yet challenges remain that may discourage potential entrepreneurs, according to a study in the latest edition of Fiscal Notes, a monthly Comptroller publication that provides Texans with timely information on the state’s economy and finances.

“New businesses just aren’t being created at the same rate as in the past, and that’s a trend with potentially serious consequences for our economy,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “In this issue of Fiscal Notes, we’ll tell you about the help and hurdles Texans can expect when they take their first steps into the area of business ownership.”

Fiscal Notes is a byproduct 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.

“When I took this job, I promised a new focus on the ‘basics’ — the primary missions of the Comptroller's office, which serves as the state's tax collector, bookkeeper and revenue estimator,” Hegar said. “And Fiscal Notes reflects that focus, helping Texas taxpayers understand how their tax dollars are collected and spent — and why.”

Published monthly Fiscal Notes is online at comptroller.texas.gov/fiscalnotes, and can also be received by subscribing via the Comptroller’s web site.

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