Plans brewing to keep Public Integrity Unit going

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Travis County commissioners are considering ways to restore funds to the state's Public Integrity Unit that Gov. Rick Perry cut out of the state budget.

Commissioners tell the Austin American-Statesman they are considering offering $3.7 million in county funds to the unit, which is based in the county district attorney's office. On Tuesday they are also expected to also consider a proposal to pass the hat among other counties to keep the unit going. Meanwhile, the commission majority will press the state to release funds for the unit responsible for investigating wrongdoing by public officials.

Perry has cut the $7.5 million in state funding for the unit for the next two years. He and leading Republican lawmakers cited District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's refusal to resign after her drunken-driving conviction.