Public Integrity Unit staff to get layoff notices

July 2, 2013 5:51:43 PM PDT
Travis County commissioners have voted to send layoff notices to the staff of their Public Integrity Unit, which Gov. Rick Perry cut out of the budget.

The unanimous vote Tuesday tells the 34 staff members that their jobs will end Sept. 30. Commissioners tell the Austin American-Statesman the decision could change if the state reverses Gov. Rick Perry's decision to cut them from the budget or Travis County votes to fund the office itself.

Commissioners have said they're considering offering $3.7 million in county funds to the unit, which is based in the county district attorney's office. They also may invite other counties to contribute.

Perry has cut the $7.5 million in state funding, citing District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's refusal to resign after her drunken-driving conviction.

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