Texas Rangers Asked to Investigate Paxton, Miller, Bush and Others for Improper Payments
Lone Star Project requests investigation of likely illegal "emergency leave" payments, altered documents and other abuses of state payroll
Today, Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle sent letters to the Texas Rangers, the State Auditor and the Travis County District Attorney requesting formal investigations into a series of questionable payments made by Attorney General Ken Paxton, State Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, State Land Commissioner George P. Bush and other state officials.
Improper Payments Detailed in Investigative News Reports
Widespread abuse of state employee compensation has been detailed in a series of investigative news reports by the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News and other Texas publications over recent weeks. The reports point to the systematic use of “emergency leave” as well as document manipulation to allow some state employees to quit or be removed from their state jobs but continue receiving thousands of dollars in state pay. In some cases, the payments appear intended to provide special treatment to politically connected or otherwise favored employees. In other instances, the payments may be a form of hush money to keep specific employees from criticizing state officials or disclosing information that might prove incriminating or embarrassing.
Angle’s letter to the Texas Rangers can be seen here and reads in part: