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in this State for the purpose of taking advantage of public work
opportunities, such opportunities are properly preserved for those of
competent local status, and the earnings of such local individuals kept
from leaving the State.
4. Preventing the unemployed from needlessly milling around in search
of work without definite knowledge of where work is to be found, thus
definitely discouraging aimless migration of labor.
5. Aiding in the maintenance of morale on the part of the unemployed
by acting as a buffer against their continuous disappointment, even
though jobs are not always available, and constituting one official place
where the unemployed may go without finding themselves in an atmosphere
of public charity.
6. Furnishing a system of clearing labor from points within the
State, supplying shortages from surpluses found elsewhere, and thereby
preventing the unnecessary importation of labor from other states.
7. Furnishing the best known agency for the possible administration
of unemployment insurance in the event that such should be developed.
I suggest the passage of an act placing the State agency for public
employment under the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An emergency appropriation
must be included for the months of July and August, and in
round figures $6,000.00 is the amount required. As pointed out, an
annual appropriation for $35,602.00 (25% of the Federal funds allotted
to Texas) will be required for the next biennium.
This proposal has the endorsement of every representative of organized
labor whom I have been able to contact. It is likewise endorsed by the
Department Commander of the American Legion of Texas. I trust that
you will give immediate consideration to this legislation and, upon consideration,
will agree that early enactment of a statute accepting the
terms of the Wagner-Peyser Act is most important.
The emergency matter hereby submitted is expressly confined to the
enactment of a statute accepting the benefits of the Wagner-Peyser Act.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
February 4, 1935
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
One of the paramount problems confronting the operation of any
system of government is the problem of finance. The financial structure
of the State of Texas, generally speaking, is based upon a system of
tax collection and upon a system of budgeted appropriations.
In connection with this second phase of the financial arrangements
of the State, I should like to call your attention to the present requirements
of the law governing the formation of budgets for all State supported
institutions and for the various departments of the State Government.
The fiscal year ends August 31 of each year. On each biennium
after August 31 the Board of Control is made the budgetary agent to
determine the requirements of the State Government, whether institu
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/24/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .