Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 83 of 263
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In keeping with a promise made to a distinguished member of the
Senate, the late Senator Duggan, I ask you to consider carefully the
problem of tax delinquencies. To that end, I call your attention to Senate
Bill 114 introduced during the Regular Session by Senator Duggan and
passed by the Senate. It may be that this bill as passed in the Senate
should be amended, but I ask that you earnestly consider the principle
There is no way of estimating the amount of delinquent taxes owed
by people who are able to pay; but in this time when we are trying to
meet a new and increased financial burden, those who are delinquent
and able to pay should be required to meet their share of the cost of
I further suggest for your consideration the remedial changes advocated
in the report submitted to the Regular Session of the Legislature
by the Finance Committee on taxation. Where it is possible to more
fairly and effectively collect taxes already imposed by amplifying or
modifying the machinery of collection, I think this Legislature should
give special emphasis to the needed changes.
These tax suggestions have been made not to confine the deliberations
of this body to these specific measures alone, but are to be considered
as cumulative of such other tax measures as the individual members
of the Legislature may see fit to support in seeking to solve this broad
and comprehensive problem of taxation. We must be mindful of the
fact that Texas has got to have a great deal of money in order to
pay for its added activities.
Together we must cooperate in the realization that we are faced with
the tremendous responsibility which must be met.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
September 18, 1935.
To the Fodty-fonrth Legislat-ure of the State of Texas: (In First Called
I submit to you the matter of erecting the "Texas Supreme Court
Memorial Building." It is a matter of common knowledge that the efficiency
of our Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and Attorney
General's Department is shamefully impaired because of crowded quarters
and poor conditions under which they must work in the present State
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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/m1/83/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .