Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 81 of 263
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prepare and distribute to each member such data as was available.
In order that this information may be readily available to you a copy
of such report is hereto attached with the suggestion that same be
incorporated in the Journal.
In submitting his report, the State Auditor calls attention to the fact
that it is necessarily speculative and is in the main, a group of anticipatory
calculations based upon such meager accurate information as
was available. The report shows however, what has been done by Congress
and in other States in establishing a policy of social security legislation.
urge you to consider the problem carefully in connection with all of
the material which has been or which may be made available to you.
Bear in mind that we are thrusting the State forward on a new program
that we are beginning a policy without the light of experience to guide us.
I shall be happy at all times to discuss with you the multitudinous
problems that will present themselves in the consideration of this topic.
I urge every official of the State who may be called upon to supply
you information to do his utmost in affording you all available data.
I am confident that this serious and far-reaching problem will receive
your mature and deliberate consideration.
Because of the urgent necessity for immediate attention to this subject,
I am submitting same without further elaboration at this time. Should
the occasion arise I may supplement this message with further recommendations
as to old age pensions during the session.
Revenuce and Taxation
The old age pension amendment necessarily requires the Legislature
to provide means of paying the pensions provided for by such law as
you may see fit to pass. For that reason, among other, I deem it my
duty to submit to this Legislature the subject of revenue and taxation.
This administration inherited a tremendous deficit. The rural aid
appropriation was increased two million dollars by the Regular Session
of the Legislature and three million dollars was voted for the Texas
Centennial. In addition, Texas must now begin the retirement of the
twenty million dollar bond issue voted in 1933 for relief purposes. These
added financial responsibilities, together with the existing deficit, require
submission of revenue and taxation so that this Legislature may devise
ways and means to provide necessary finances.
Specific Tax Recomi,nlendations
In submitting this subject I desire to reiterate the specific recommendations
made as to the imposition of special taxes in my tax message
during the Regular Session, dated February 25, 1935. I particularly
urge the immediate passage of a real graduated chain store tax, a sulphur
tax, a tax on pipe lines, a selective luxury tax and the corrective
measures suggested at that time with reference to various franchise taxes.
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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/m1/81/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .