Making good on a promise, Gov. Rick Perry on Friday halted funding for the state ethics enforcement office after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not heed his call to resign because of her drunken driving conviction.
Perry’s decision to veto the Public Integrity Unit’s $7.5 million, two-year allocation from the state budget means that more than 30 prosecutors, investigators and support staffers could be out of work come Sept. 1, unless Travis County officials decide to pay for their salaries and related costs.
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