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Texas Comptroller's Office, Revenue Estimating and Research Division:

An Inventory of Comptroller's Office Revenue Estimating and Research Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1979, 1982-1986



Overview

Creator: Texas. Comptroller's Office. Revenue Estimating and Research Division.
Title: Comptroller's Office Revenue Estimating and Research Division records
Dates: 1979, 1982-1986
Abstract: The Revenue Estimating and Research Division of the Comptroller's Office was responsible for providing information and analysis on federal issues with special emphasis on the issues affecting state finances; it 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 interoffice memoranda, correspondence, newsclippings, notes, publications, news releases and reports, and some indexes to correspondence and subject files, dating 1979 and 1982-1986.
Quantity: 5 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.

The Revenue Estimating and Research division of the Comptroller's Office was responsible for providing information and analysis on federal issues with special emphasis on the issues affecting state finances. It also conducted research on the state's economy and finances, public debt, the economic impact of proposed legislation, and other governmental financial matters.

In 1985, Claudia Stravato was Associate Deputy for Tax Administration, and Tony Proffitt was head of Research (supervised by Ms. Stravato). Bill Hamilton was head of Fiscal Management (supervised by the Associate Deputy for Central Administration and Funds Management). Dale Craymer was head of Revenue Estimating (apparently supervised by Bill Hamilton).

These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Economic Analysis Center, and it is possible that these records belong to that entity, although that is mere speculation. 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, 7th edition (1992); and Texas Comptroller's Office organization charts, 1978-2001.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Revenue Estimating and Research Division of the Comptroller's Office was responsible for providing information and analysis on federal issues with special emphasis on the issues affecting state finances; it 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 interoffice memoranda, correspondence, newsclippings, notes, publications, news releases and reports, and some indexes to correspondence and subject files, dating 1979 and 1982-1986. Reports attached to the correspondence include fiscal impact statements, public cost-benefit analyses and economic forecasts. Subjects addressed in the correspondence include commentary on pending legislation, pari-mutuel wagering, state bonds, workman's compensation, natural gas market, gambling, taxes on liquor, social security, as well as routine office and personnel matters. Weekly status reports to the Associate Deputy Comptroller and the Comptroller document the work of the division. Bound indexes appear to refer to correspondence files by either name or subject with a locator number attached to each entry.

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 two series of records from 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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records have been organized by State Archives staff into two series:
Executive correspondence, 1982-1986, 4 cubic ft.
Indexes to the central files of the executive administration, 1979, 1983, 1 cubic ft.

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.


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. Office of Revenue Estimating and Research.
Subjects:
Economic forecasting--Texas.
Tax revenue estimating--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Memorandums--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Clippings--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Press releases--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Reports--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Publications--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Notes--Texas--Economic forecasting--1982-1986.
Indexes--Texas--1979, 1983.
Functions:
Estimating revenue.

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
Texas Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Records of Bob Bullock. [Restricted] (The original records are at Baylor University, Waco, Texas; the Texas State Archives holds a microfilm copy.)
Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials: Bob Bullock Collection, Comptroller series, 1975-1990, 264 boxes, 132.25 linear ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Comptroller's Office Revenue Estimating and Research Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1995/095, 1996/018

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Economic Analysis Center of the Comptroller's Office (via the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library) on March 21, 1995 and October 30, 1995.

Processing Information

Lisa M. Hendricks, November 1995, January 1996


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Executive correspondence, 1982-1986,
4 cubic ft.

The Revenue Estimating and Research Division of the Comptroller's Office was responsible for providing information and analysis on federal issues with special emphasis on the issues affecting state finances; it 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 interoffice memoranda, correspondence, newsclippings, notes, publications, news releases and reports, dating 1982-1986. Subjects addressed in the correspondence include commentary on pending legislation, education, workman's compensation, the natural gas market, gambling, taxes on liquor, social security, hazardous waste, state highways, state taxes, prison unrest, the Texas economy, as well as personnel and other routine office matters. Correspondents include Bob Bullock, Comptroller of Public Accounts; Tony Proffitt, director of the Revenue Estimating and Research division; and Bill C. Hamilton, Chief Revenue Estimator. Status reports were submitted weekly to the Associate Deputy Comptroller and the Comptroller. Reports closely document the activities of the division including reviewing pending state legislation, analysis of federal tax reform proposals, as well as reports of meetings attended.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creator chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive correspondence, Texas Comptroller's Office Revenue Estimating and Research Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1995/095, 1996/018
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Economic Analysis Center of the Comptroller's Office (via the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library) on March 21, 1995; and October 30, 1995.
Processed by
Lisa M. Hendricks, November 1995, January 1996
1982
Box
1995/095-2 Bill Hamilton, 1982
1983
Box
1995/095-2 Tony Proffitt:
February 1983
March 1983
Box
1995/095-3 April 1983
May 1983
June-September 1983
October-December 1983
Memoranda, miscellaneous, July-August 1983
1984
Box
1996/018 Tony Proffitt:
January 1984
February 1984
March 1984
April 1984
May-June 1984
July-August 1984
September-October 1984
November-December 1984
Box
1995/095-4 Status reports, 1984:
Bill Hamilton to Claudia Stravato
John Bell to Bill Hamilton
1984-1985
Box
1995/095-4 Status reports, 1984-1985:
Claudia Stravato to Bob Bullock
Memoranda, office procedures, 1984-1985
1985
Box
1995/095-4 Status reports, 1985:
Dan Pearson to Bob Bullock
Bill Hamilton to Dan Pearson
1985-1986
Box
1995/095-4 Status reports, 1985-1986:
Bill Hamilton to Bob Bullock
Dale Craymer to Bill Hamilton
Various



 

Indexes to the central files of the executive administration, 1979, 1983,
1 cubic ft.

The Texas Comptroller is the state's principal tax administrator and collector of tax revenue, and must also provide the research and statistics necessary for revenue estimating and certification. These records are bound indexes to the central files of the executive administration of the Comptroller's office. They are dated 1979 and 1983. The indexes appear to refer to correspondence and subject files by either name or subject with a locator number attached to each entry. They employ extensive cross-referencing.
Arrangement
These bound volumes are arranged by the creator in chronological order and the contents of each index is presented in alphabetical order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Indexes to the central files of the Executive Administration, Texas Comptroller's Office Revenue Estimating and Research Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1995/095
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Economic Analysis Center of the Comptroller's Office (via the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library) on March 21, 1995.
Processed by
Lisa M. Hendricks, January 1996
Box
1995/095-1 Name index, January 1979:
Volume I, A-E
Volume II, F-O
Volume III, P-Z
Name/subject index, December 1983:
Volume I, A-Mahoney, Lee
Volume II, Mahoney, Shaffer, Hatch and Layton-Z
Subject index, July 1983:
Volume I, A-E
Volume II, F-M
Volume III, N-Z