Jan. 16 — The 85th Legislature is underway in Austin, and lots of people are lobbying for their piece of the funding pie. The Railroad Commission, however, is a bit different than other agencies.

The commission regulates the state’s oil and gas, mining and pipeline activities and is in a financial crunch. It’s funded mostly by oil and gas activity, not the state, though lawmakers set the amount the RRC is allowed to spend.

— Midland Reporter-Telegram