Jan. 24. — Regulating and overseeing the oil and gas industry in Texas requires people and money, and the Texas Railroad Commission needs more of both.

That’s not exactly what lawmakers want to hear when they are slashing other agencies’ budgets and trying to find enough money to fund schools and health care, but oil prices are on the rise, and so is drilling. At the very least, the Railroad Commission needs to maintain its current budget just to keep up with the industry, Commissioner Ryan Sitton told me in an interview.

— Houston Chronicle