AUSTIN — House budget writers held a four-hour hearing Thursday on a long-running procurement mess at the state attorney general’s office.
Guess who completely escaped mention? Gov. Greg Abbott, that’s who.
That was curious because Abbott was attorney general for 12 years before January. The attorney general’s child-support division launched its “T2″ technology system development project while he was the boss.
The project’s price tag has increased by about 40 percent — or $86.4 million — over the past six years, to $310 million. There’s talk that it will take at least another $50 million to rescue the project. And that assumes a rescue is even possible. Some in the know are skeptical, though First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy, the top aide to Abbott’s successor Ken Paxton, sounded cautiously optimistic.