Before heading northeast this weekend to try to coax companies to move to Texas, Gov. Rick Perry issued 24 vetoes. Particularly egregious to us were Perry’s rejection of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act and his decision to follow through on his threat to cut money for the Public Integrity Unit from the state budget unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.
Perry’s coercive veto of the $7.5 million lawmakers allocated for the Public Integrity Unit for the next two years puts 400 cases and investigations in limbo, including an inquiry into questionable grants awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. It also places in doubt the jobs of 35 prosecutors, investigators and other employees. Travis County commissioners could decide to cover the unit’s costs once current state funding runs dry Aug. 31, but this would mean that Travis County taxpayers would be paying for the work of an office established by the state to investigate state officeholders.
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A list of Gov. Rick Perry’s vetoes, and his reasoning for each one, can be found on the governor’s website: governor.state.tx.us.