By Kirby Gibbs
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Recent state sales tax numbers show that Texas is still ahead of other states. 2008 numbers show that Texas has seen a 2 percent increase in sales tax as compared to 2007.
East Texas has helped those numbers, with Lufkin having a 10 percent increase for the months of November and early December. Lufkin City Manager, Paul Parker says Lufkin is a large regional hub for services like retail which gives us an advantage.
"I think Lufkin being a regional shopping center still offers a lot of opportunities in the region for economic growth and development and that has helped us where we're not impacted quite as large."
Parker says that over 40% of Lufkin's income comes from sales tax and encourages residents to continue shopping and eating locally.
And while recent numbers in sales tax showed an increase, a new report came out today by Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs. She says that in the near future, Texas may see that it is not totally immune from a failing economy.