Posted: May 18, 2014 9:07 AM
Updated: May 18, 2014 9:10 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Suing the federal government 30 times and bringing polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to justice is how Republican Greg Abbott built his profile.
But his biggest project as Texas attorney general is actually a bureaucratic fixer-upper that's $64 million over budget.
A massive technology overhaul in Abbott's child support division is expected to be finished by 2017. The original $210 million price tag has climbed 30 percent, and federally required expert reviews obtained by The Associated Press have raised skepticism about meeting that deadline.
Aides to Abbott, who is the favorite to replace Gov. Rick Perry next year, say changes are underway and the overhaul is on track to finish five months early.
Texas led the nation last year with more than $3.6 billion in collections.