Public Integrity Unit Budget Fight Means 2 Layoffs 9/26/13
AUSTIN, Texas - Two people are being laid off from the Travis County
District Attorney's Office's Public Integrity Unit. But that's far fewer than
originally feared amid a budget spat involving Gov. Rick Perry.
The Austin American Statesman reported Wednesday that those affected are two
senior forensic accountants on staff through October.
County commissioners have approved spending $1.8 million from county
taxpayers and almost $735,000 from forfeited assets to run the reduced unit.
They did so after Perry cut its $7.5 million in state funding.
He warned the cuts would come if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary
Lehmberg failed to resign after a drunken driving conviction.
The unit investigates wrongdoing by public officials statewide. It
previously sent layoff notices to 34 staff members, but has now rescinded all
but two of those.