Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 84 of 263
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is no estimating the financial cost to the State of present conditions
under which they must operate, particularly the Attorney General's
Department. Even a casual visit to this department will disclose that
these legal representatives of the people, who must cope with the best
legal talent in the State, are quartered in match box, thinly partitioned
offices, with no room for private conferences or study.
An incomplete survey shows almost a dozen State departments and institutions
now housed in down town office buildings for lack of quarters in
the Capitol Building. The taxpayers are paying the rent which should be
applied on the erection of a suitable office building for the courts and Attorney
General's Department. If this is done, in my judgment, these various
State agencies now housed in down town office buildings, and paying
rent, can be returned to the State Capitol where they belong.
It is my understanding that at the present time with an outlay of not
more than $200,000.00 in cash and the building site on the southwest corner
of llth and Congress, across from the Capitol, we can secure Federal
aid for the erection of a beautiful modern State Courts Building which
will be a monument not only to the courts but to the Legislature authorizing
same. Incidentally, this will carry on a part of the building program
of progress and provide much needed employment for many worthy
A bill appropriating $200,000.00 for this purpose, and conditioned upon
the securing of this aid from any Federal Government agency, will be
offered. This bill is hereby submitted to you for consideration.
The subject submitted is strictly confined to the matter set out in the
bills enumerated above.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governzor of Texas
October 8, 1935.
To the Fo)ty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas: (In First Called
Without any criticism of your deliberations thus far I appeal to you to
hasten the people's business. You have now been in session 23 days and
have but six working days left. Practically all of the momentous problems
you were called to deal with remain unsolved.
Most of you have toiled diligently and faithfully. It is no easy matter,
of course, to intelligently legislate concerning liquor, fee systems, old
age pensions and revenues in so short a time.
When this session was called, however, I submitted to you, in the order
of their importance, urgent, emergency matters. We simply must get
something done during this session about the first two matters submitted-the
liquor and the substitution of salaries for the fee system.
The liquor traffic is at present totally unregulated. The State is losing
tremendous revenues. There is no semblance of any orderly handling of
the liquor traffic. All of us, both wets and drys, must concede that it
will be nothing short of deplorable if this condition continues beyond the
close of the session.
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