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Wed Dec 23, 2015, 02:42 PM

Texas AG's heavily armed white-collar crime unit costing taxpayers millions

AUSTIN — During his 14 years as Texas’ top lawyer, Greg Abbott oversaw a significant — and expensive — escalation of police and firepower in the attorney general’s office, which now boasts 160 cops and an arsenal of assault rifles, handguns and tactical gear.

Meanwhile, the cost to pay and train that burgeoning police force, which primarily investigates white-collar crime, has skyrocketed as a direct result of policies Abbott pursued as attorney general and later approved as governor.

Due to a state law passed this year, dozens hired by Abbott and inherited by his successor, Ken Paxton, were given large pay raises that will cost taxpayers millions more each year.

An Abbott spokesman said the attorney general’s police force is a key component in fighting crime and rooting out fraud.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20151223-texas-ag-s-heavily-armed-white-collar-crime-unit-costing-taxpayers-millions.ece

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ashling Dec 2015 #1

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Wed Dec 23, 2015, 05:51 PM

1. After all, he is experienced in white collar crime

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