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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Economic Analysis Center records, 1964-1985, 1987, 1989,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Comptroller's Office, Economic Analysis Center:

An Inventory of Comptroller's Office Economic Analysis Center Records at the Texas State Archives, 1964-1985, 1987, 1989



Overview

Creator: Texas. Comptroller's Office. Economic Analysis Center.
Title: Comptroller's Office Economic Analysis Center records
Dates: 1964-1985, 1987, 1989
Abstract: The Economic Analysis Center of the Texas Comptroller's Office was responsible for preparing revenue estimates and economic forecasts, and also conducted research on the state's economy and finances, public debt, the economic impact of proposed legislation, and other governmental financial matters. These records document those functions. They include correspondence and interoffice memoranda (mostly cover letters), reports (mostly statistical), press releases, worksheets, notes, printouts, brochures, legislation, litigation briefs, and news clippings, dating 1964-1985, 1987, and 1989.
Quantity: 7.94 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

Since its creation in 1835, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has always been the central accounting officer or chief fiscal officer of the state, and as such is responsible for maintaining effective methods for accounting for the state's funds. He or she is the state's principal tax administrator and collector of tax revenue. The Comptroller must also provide the research and statistics necessary for revenue estimating and certification. The Comptroller's Office, like many complex state agencies, is continually in flux as to internal organization, making the following divisional history very tentative.

Sometime between 1978 and December of 1983, the Planning and Research Division of the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts was renamed the Budget and Research Division. In the fall of 1986, it was reorganized as the Economic Analysis Center, also called the Economic Analysis Library. The Economic Analysis Center was responsible for preparing revenue estimates and economic forecasts. It also conducted research on the state's economy and finances, public debt, the economic impact of proposed legislation, and other governmental financial matters.

The Economic Analysis Library staff estimated the probable effect on revenue of all proposed revenue bills; performed economic research, analyzing changes which had occurred and relating their effect on probable revenue sources; determined which phases of business activity must be measured; and compiled data to be used as a measuring device. The Comptroller's Office implemented a revenue forecasting system which provided the Economic Analysis Library access, through a communications terminal, to computer files and statistical programs designed to analyze and project state revenues. The system provided projections of state expenditures and produced the comptroller's biennial revenue estimate.

In November 1989, the Economic Analysis Center was divided into three divisions: Research, Revenue Estimating, and Intergovernmental Affairs. In September 1989, the divisions had been designated: Revenue, Spending, and Economic Forecasting; Administration and Information Support; and Economic and Financial Research (with Intergovernmental Issues a subunit of the last).

The Economic Analysis Center is listed in the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 6th edition (1990) as being in the Fiscal Management Area of the Comptroller's Office. But in consulting the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 7th edition (1992), it appears that the functions of the Economic Analysis Center were taken over by the Revenue Estimating Division of the Fiscal Management Area.

(Sources include the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 6th edition (1990); the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 7th edition (1992); and Texas Comptroller's Office organization charts, 1978-2001.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Economic Analysis Center of the Texas Comptroller's Office was responsible for preparing revenue estimates and economic forecasts, and also conducted research on the state's economy and finances, public debt, the economic impact of proposed legislation, and other governmental financial matters. These records document those functions. They include correspondence and interoffice memoranda (mostly cover letters), reports (mostly statistical), press releases, worksheets, notes, printouts, brochures, legislation, litigation briefs, and news clippings, dating 1964-1985, 1987, and 1989.

The earliest records (dating 1964-1985) were presumably created by the Planning and Research Division/Budget and Research Division of the Comptroller's Office, and maintained in the Economic Analysis Library. Of particular interest is a complete run of monthly reports entitled Selected Revenue Estimates Compared to Actual Collections (General Revenue Fund, Available School Fund, and Tax Clearance Fund), 1965-1983 (renamed Revenue Summary, Selected Revenues in fiscal year 1977).

Although correspondence and memoranda were a component of the earlier records dating 1964-1985, they became the primary form of record in 1987 and 1989. Thus, records dating 1987 include copies of correspondence and memos of the staff of the Economic Analysis Center. Subjects include new legislation affecting taxes, proposed rules on sales tax on services, tax code questions, the state's revenue from oil and gas, taxes on illegal drugs, the equitable expenditure of highway funds, the Texas economy, the October 1987 stock market collapse, and internal operations of the Economic Analysis Center. Correspondents include Comptroller Bob Bullock, Texas state senators and representatives, county and local officials, business and trade associations, private citizens, and other states' financial officers.

Records dated 1989, by then referred to as "administrative correspondence," include correspondence, memoranda, news releases, and news articles. Subjects of this correspondence of the Economic Analysis Center generally cover the state's economy and new legislation affecting taxes, including proposed legislation affecting sales tax on mail order sales, the Texas Index of leading economic indicators, the state's revenue from oil and gas, an increase in state cigarette taxes, licensing and regulation of accounting practitioners, state inheritance tax, and school financing. Correspondents include the comptroller, the deputy comptroller, members of the United States Congress, Texas state senators and representatives, private citizens, and other states' financial officers.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

This finding aid describes the records of only one unit of the Texas Comptroller's Office. If you are reading this electronically, click here for an introduction to the Texas Comptroller's Office records. If you are reading this in paper, the introduction is at the beginning of the first binder labeled Comptroller.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are listed in the order received, as arranged by the creator. They are arranged by type of record (somewhat randomly at first), but chronologically within a given type of report. The correspondence is arranged chronologically from February through December 1987, which is also in a sequential numerical order, starting over at the beginning of a fiscal year. (Each outgoing memo or letter was stamped with a mechanical counter.) From February through August 1987 the correspondence is numbered 1 thru 1366. From September through December 1987 the sequence is 1 thru 632. Administrative correspondence dating April thru October 1989 is numbered 20000 thru 21100.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Comptroller's Office. Division of Planning and Research.
Texas. Comptroller's Office. Budget and Research Division.
Texas. Comptroller's Office. Revenue Estimating Division.
Subjects:
Economic forecasting--Texas.
Taxation--Texas.
Tax revenue estimating--Texas.
Tax revenue estimating--Law and legislation--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Economic conditions.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985.
Press releases--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985, 1989.
Correspondence--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985, 1987, 1989.
Notes--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985.
Legislative records--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985.
Clippings--Texas--Economic forecasting--1964-1985, 1989.
Memorandums--Texas--Economic forecasting--1989.
Functions:
Estimating revenue.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Manuscript collection: Bob Bullock editorial cartoons, about 1972-1988, fractional (43 items)
Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials: Bob Bullock Collection, Comptroller series, 1975-1990, 264 boxes, 132.25 linear ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Comptroller's Office Economic Analysis Center records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1990/148, 1994/058, 1996/129

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Economic Analysis Library of the Texas Comptroller's Office on June 7, 1990; by the Economic Analysis Center of the Texas Comptroller's Office (via the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library) on January 11, 1994; and by the Texas Comptroller's Office on July 29, 1996.

Processing Information

Tony Black, November 1990

Paul Beck, January 1994

Lisa M. Hendricks, July 1996

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Economic Analysis Center records, 1964-1985, 1987, 1989,
7.94 cubic ft.

Records maintained by the Economic Analysis Library, 1964-1985
Box
1990/148-1 Revenue Estimating, Press Releases and Reports, [1975-1983]
Revenue Processing [Division] Weekly Summary [binders], 1979-1982:
1979-1980
1981
1982
Selected Revenue Estimates Compared to Actual Collections, Fund 1, 2, 120 [General Revenue Fund, Available School Fund, Tax Clearance Fund], 1965-1976:
1965-1966
Fiscal Year 1967, calendar years 1966-1967
Fiscal Year 1968, calendar years 1967-1968
Fiscal Year 1969, calendar years 1968-1969
Fiscal Year 1970, calendar years 1969-1970
Fiscal Year 1971, calendar years 1970-1971
Fiscal Year 1972, calendar years 1971-1972
Fiscal Year 1972, calendar years 1971-1972
1973-1974
Fiscal Year 1975, calendar years 1974-1975
Fiscal Year 1976, calendar years 1975-1976
Revenue Summary, Selected Revenues, 1976-1983:
Fiscal Year 1977, calendar years 1976-1977
Fiscal Year 1978, calendar years 1977-1978
Fiscal Year 1979, calendar years 1978-1979
Fiscal Year 1980, calendar years 1979-1980
Fiscal Year 1981, calendar years 1980-1981
Fiscal Year 1982, calendar years 1981-1982
Fiscal Year 1983, calendar years 1982-1983
Revenue History (1965-1975 Unappropriated) by Fund and Revenue Code, 1965-1975
Revenue and Expenditures, Monthly Comparative Statement, 1975-1978:
1975-1976
1977-1978
Box
1990/148-2 Revenue Estimating, April-May 1981
Revenue vs. Estimate, FY 1985, calendar years 1984-1985
Revenue Estimates, Comparisons (Work Papers): Texas Crude Oil [and Natural Gas] Estimates, FY 1981-1983, calendar years 1980-1983
Fund 44: Investment Yield History, FY 1965-1974, calendar years 1964-1974
History of Mr. Bullock's Revenue Sharing Support, 1979
Employee (State) Retirement Taxability, Social Security, 1976-1978
U.S. Steel v. Bullock, 1978-1979
Collection/Enforcement Data, 1977
Information on Audit Revenues and Bonding, 1977
Box
1990/148-3 Corporate Income Tax, 1975
[2 folders]
Correspondence of the Economic Analysis Center, 1987
Box
1994/058-1 #1 - #549, February-April 1987
Box
1994/058-2 #551 - #1050, April-June 1987
Box
1994/058-3 #1051 - #1366, July-August 1987
#1 - #200, September-October 1987
Box
1994/058-4 #201 - #632, October-December 1987
Administrative correspondence of the Economic Analysis Center, 1989
Box
1996/129-1 #20000 - #20600, April-July 1989
Box
1996/129-2 #20601 - #21100, July-October 1989

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