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Comptroller distributes $891M in sales tax revenues

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AUSTIN—Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $890.5 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 4.8 percent more than in November 2019. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and on sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.
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Job growth in Texas upstream oil and gas sector in September

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AUSTIN—The upstream sector of the Texas oil and natural gas industry added 700 jobs in September, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission. This is the first uptick since February, bringing the total upstream employment in Texas to 170,500 jobs—jobs that pay among the highest wages in Texas. The upstream sector involves oil and natural gas extraction and excludes other industry sectors such as refining, petrochemicals, fuels wholesaling, oilfield equipment manufacturing, pipelines, and gas utilities, which support hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in Texas.
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USDA reminds producers of disaster assistance application deadline

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds producers that the deadline to submit applications for disaster recovery assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2018 and 2019 losses is Friday, Oct. 30. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) launched a new tool on farmers.gov to help producers with the application process.
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Mineral appraisals explained at Tuesday’s second AgriLife oil and gas miniseries

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The second in a series of oil and gas short courses for land and mineral owners will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 pm. Featured speakers will be a representative of the mineral appraisal firm of Pritchard & Abbott, as well as series hosts Haley and Bryce Ward, both of whom have a broad range of expertise in the oil and gas industry. The classes are designed to be no longer than two hours each, and are held quarterly at the Hemphill County Exhibition Center.