Piqued last year over the refusal by the Travis County district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, to resign after her drunken driving arrest, Gov. Rick Perry exercised his veto power and withheld more than $7.5 million in state money from her office’s public integrity unit.
The unit, whose responsibilities include investigating wrongdoing by state officials, laid off employees as a result. The unit’s insurance fraud and motor fuels tax fraud sections were quietly dissolved last summer.
While insurance fraud cases were transferred to other prosecutors, the motor fuels tax fraud division is no more. Fuel tax theft ...