Patrick: Nix in-state tuition law, prosecutor unit funding

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has vowed to keep even his most fiercely conservative promises, saying Texans are counting "on Republicans to lead."

The tea party favorite from Houston on Thursday promised hefty tax cuts.

Patrick, during an Austin news conference, said he'll push to scrap a popular 2001 Texas law offering in-state university tuition to the children of people who came to the U.S. illegally.

Patrick called doing so "a question of fairness for American citizens."

Patrick also pledged to drop funding for the state public integrity unit, which investigates wrongdoing by elected officials, in the next Texas budget.

Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted on abuse of power counts for publicly threatening, then vetoing funding for the unit after its Democratic head was convicted of drunken driving.

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