Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 27 of 263
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an economical expenditure of the State's money than the submission
of itemized appropriations necessarily considered in haste by
every branch of government through which the measure may pass.
I make the recommendation of a standard post-audit in order that the
Legislature, as the cautioning representatives of a sovereign people, may
know how every dollar of the income of its state institutions is spent;
and may call to account any group of men, or 'governing board, unfaithful
to the mandate of the Legislature or to the trust reposed in them
to economically conduct the affairs of the State Government.
Should our experience in making the aggregate appropriations in
these two institutions prove inexpedient, it will afford cause, of course,
for the next Legislature to dispense with the system; but, in the event
it should prove to be sound business, reflecting economy and efficiency
upon the conduct of the institutions of higher education, then it could
easily be extended to other institutions and other departments of State
Believing that experience is the soundest method of intelligent investigation,
I recommend an aggregate appropriation for the University of
Texas and the Agricultural and Mechanical College as an experiment
in our ever cumulative attempt to secure governmental economy.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
February 11, 1935
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
The platform of the Democratic Party of Texas, adopted in September,
1934, says, in part:
"We condemn the law legalizing race track gambling and favor its
This platform demand of our Party was in response to an issue clearly
emphasized in the campaign for Governor and in most of the legislative
races. It was adopted in answer to insistent demands by the business,
moral and educational forces of Texas.
No niceties of language, no hair-splitting phraseology, no talk of
so-called "pari-mutuel," or "certificate" systems can disguise the fact
that everything permitted under the race track gambling law is gambling,
pure and simple. This act, originally passed as an amendment to the
departmental appropriation bill in the closing hours of the Forty-third
Legislature and re-enacted at the first called session, simply legalizes
flagrant evils outlawed by patriots'in the Legislature twenty-six years ago.
Since there can be no question but what the "pari-mutuel" or "certificate"
system of race track betting is gambling, may I remind you that
nearly 150 years ago George Washington wrote:
"This (gambling) is a vice which is productive of every possible evil,
equally injurious to the morals and health of its votaries. It is the
child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief. It
has been the ruin of many worthy families, the loss of many a man's
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