DALLAS — While debt per capita is lower in Texas than most states, local government debt runs higher than that of other states by a large margin amid growing demand for infrastructure, Comptroller Susan Combs said.

In a speech on Monday, Combs said Texas ranks near the top in local debt per capita among the largest states. Of the country’s 10 largest states, Texas had the fifth-highest combined state and local debt per capita in fiscal 2008, with $8,968, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the nonprofit Tax Foundation.

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