Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 80 of 263
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find it necessary to allot less than thirty million dollars to the Brazos
River Project, provision should be made to make available the tax diversion
funds in proportionately less amounts in case less than thirty million
dollars be secured.
Based on these representations, and realizing the necessity and importance
of this project, I am submitting to you for immediate consideration
the question of so amending the existing law as to enable this project
to qualify for the securing of Federal funds.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
September 18, 1935
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas: (In First Called
Old Age Pensions
On August 24 the people of Texas adopted by their referendum an
amendment to the Constitution authorizing the Legislature to provide
for Old Age Pensions. This action followed in the wake of a Congressional
Act providing for Federal participation in State pension plans.
If this Legislature is to dispose of the people's business within the 30
days to which special sessions of the Legislature are limited by the
Constitution, I feel this subject must be submitted to you at the very
outset of the session.
Pursuant, therefore, to the people's mandate, I submit to the Legislature
the problem of providing for old age pensions for actual bona fide
citizens of Texas who are over the age of 65 "under such limitations
and restrictions and regulations as may be deemed by the Legislature
Experience has brought to the attention of all civilized nations the
necessity of providing sustenance for useful citizens who have passed
the years of productive activity. A policy of humanity and social betterment
prompted the Federal Government and the people of Texas to
attempt provision for aged citizens.
It now becomes the duty of this Legislature to determine what sort
of pension plan is best suited and most practicable under existing conditions
to the State of Texas. In determining this problem it behooves
the Legislature to consider not alone the immediate results, but as well
the far-reaching effects which such a policy may have. It is to be
remembered always that this pension plan, when begun, may be expected
to long continue.
I regret exceedingly that this Legislature cannot have the benefits of
wide experience in other states in setting up a pension system in Texas.
There is very little accurate information or data to serve as a guide
to the deliberations of this body.
At the time of calling this special session, I requested the State Auditor
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