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Mike Collier

Finance Co-Chair, Texas Democratic Party

@CollierForTexas

Mike Collier is a CPA, a former PwC partner, a senior advisor to Duff & Phelps and has declared his intent to run for lieutenant governor in 2018. He was the Democratic Nominee for Texas Comptroller in 2014, and the author of "Out of Comptrol: A Converted Democrat’s Improbable Quest to Save Texas Politics."

Latest Columns

What Rainy Day Fund?

Legislators frittered away the Rainy Day Fund long ago. Sure, it has a cash balance — according to the books, anyway. But that cash, amounting to roughly $10 billion, is offset by debt, amounting to roughly $50 billion.

Quarterly revenue forecasts make sense for Texas

Requiring the Comptroller's Office to update the state's revenue forecast every three months would be a tremendous improvement over the ancient method of predicting revenues at the start of each legislative session, baking a two-year budget around the numbers — and then not revising the forecast until after the governor has signed the budget and lawmakers have gone home.