skill and business sagacity. I have not yet had access to the
last annual reports of the officials in charge of our penal institutions,
and am, therefore, not in position to enter upon a discussion of the needs
of these institutions or to make recommendations with reference thereto.
This subject may and probably will demand further attention in a
future communication to your honorable bodies.
CONDITION OF THE STATE.
In addition to what has been stated already with reference to the
condition of the State, the sources of revenue, and the requirements to
meet the expenses of State government, I request your careful consideration
of the able and exhaustive message of his Excellency, the
retiring Governor, which was presented to you at the beginning of' your
labors. I also recommend for your investigation the reports of the
Comptroller, Treasurer and all other department reports accompanying
With no intention to dictate, but in a spirit of co-operation, I will
say in conclusion that I stand pledged to the people by the declarations
made in the most public way, to give the people of Texas a plain, economical
and thoroughly business administration of public affairs. To
this end I shall devote all my powers and to accomplish this purpose
shall be my highest aim. That I mav succeed in this I ask and expect
your full co-operation and valuable assistance. Business methods without
the taint of political intrigue should be adopted and enforced in
every department of the State government.
To meet the absolute necessities of the government, provision should
be made by the Legislature, and I enjoin upon you to make suitable
appropriations for the proper maintenance and support of all eleemosynary
and other State institutions and departments, using at the same
time the utmost economy consistent with the efficient management of
oame. I particularly urge upon the Legislature not to deal grudgingly
in providing for the Confederate Home and Confederate soldiers. All
humiliating features of our Confederate pension laws should be eliminated
and other appropriate safeguards provided. The Texas National
Guard should receive adequate support, and the Legislature should resolutely
support and maintain the Railroad Commission to the end that
the efforts of the Commission in the full exercise of its powers and
duties may not fail for the want of sufficient funds.
It has been often charged that there are abuses, idleness and graft in
the public service and that useless officers and employes are burdening
the payrolls of the State. That crude and inadequate methods of
accounting are in use in many of the departments which not only delays
and hinders the dispatch of business, but adds to the public expense and
discredits the public service. To all these matters your attention is
invited and I enjoin upon you strict and careful investigation of each
and every department of the State government.
The taxpayer has a right to wholesome policies, efficiency and honesty
in the conduct of every department of the State government, and it
Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906.. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5859/. Accessed March 6, 2015.