Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 92 of 263
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important problem. It is no criticism to say that the people of
Texas are sorely disappointed at the outcome of the first called session.
It is a simple fact.
Another barren session will be tragic. Let me show you only one
feature of it:
After over two years, the Federal Government will shortly discontinue
direct relief. The small balance of the twenty million dollar State bond
issue on hand at the beginning of this administration is all but exhausted.
Federal work relief plans, designed to take employables off relief rolls,
are necessarily proceeding slowly.
I am advised by the Board of Control (the State relief agency) that
the prospects are charged with tragic, dangerous possibilities when
direct relief stops. In view of the people's failure to adopt the amendment
authorizing the Legislature to submit emergency amendments at
special sessions, it is doubtful whether, under the Constitution, the Legislature
can take any steps to provide for relief of any kind regardless
of the necessity.
The very least this Legislature can do, certainly the most patriotic
opportunity, is to provide for an old age pension system without delay.
This will take off relief rolls all people over 65 who are unable to help
I appeal to you to do your duty: The pension amendment was voted
almost 60 days ago. It was submitted to the Legislature a month ago.
We have, therefore, had opportunity to get all the facts available. The
thing to do is to get down to work and stay at work. Committee hearings
have already been held on most of the various tax measures. I agree,
therefore, with the Chairman of the House Committee on Revenue and
Taxation that there is no occasion for any long drawn out hearings on
bills that have already had committee attention. The sooner bills come
to debate on the floor of each House, the more quickly can differences
of opinion be ironed out.
I urge cooperative, considerate action but we must get results. We
can show results if we tend to business.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
October 29, 1935.
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas: (In Second Called
I congratulate you upon the progress you are making and the evident
diligence of a vast majority of the membership of both houses in attending
to the people's program.
Both Houses have passed an old age pension bill, and it is now in free
conference. Of course, revenues to support same have not been provided,
but various tax measures are pending in the House, and the Senate cannot
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