Covering the State Finance Beat
by Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton is the executive vice chancellor and CFO of the Texas A&M University System. In 2015 Hamilton led Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s Strike Force on the Health and Human Services Commission to complete a management analysis of the agency. Before that, Hamilton was the deputy comptroller for the Texas Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts from 1990 until he retired in 2006. He is also a private consultant, advising on numerous state tax matters. In this edition of State Tax Merry-Go-Round, Hamilton interviews Governing magazine public finance reporter Liz Farmer to get her thoughts on state and local tax policymaking from her perspective on the periphery, as well as her insight on the big public finance issues elected officials across the country are facing.