Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906. Page: 17 of 27
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In approval of the system of party nominations by direct vote of the
people the party platform demands of this Legislature the enactment of
such amendments to the existing law as may be found necessary to simplify
and perfect the same, that provision be made for a uniform test
and such amendments to the law as will by blanket primary enable a
majority of the voters of the respective political parties to make nominations
by direct ballot of the voters without the intervention of conventions.
The simplest and most convenient method, consistent with
the purity of the ballot, that can be devised for the ascertainment of the
popular choice in making party nominations, uniformity in party method
and that the majority shall rule, are essential to party harmony and to
the preservation of individualism. Experience with the present law has
disclosed its defects and complications, which to here recount would be
more tedious than profitable. To the task of perfecting the same you
are commended with the full expectation that from your wisdom and
attention satisfactory results will follow.
The public health is a subject of such general concern that its importance
can not be overestimated. Adequate measures looking to the
protection of the people against disease and appropriate legislation for
the promotion of the science of medicine and surgery and the more
thorough protection of the public against incompetency should be provided.
Under existing law the people of those counties of our State
known as the border counties have heretofore been charged with a
greater portion of the burden incident to maintaining and enforcing
quarantine at State lines than should be laid upon them, and ample
provision should be made for the relief of these counties and for a more
equitable distribution of this expense which is necessarily incurred in the
interest of all the people.
REVENUE AND TAXATION.
In the midst of unexampled prosperity, surrounded with unbounded
resources and enhancing values, and boasting of intelligent progress and
unparalleled development, this administration is confronted at the very
outset with a growing deficiency which promises to reach the uncomfortable
aggregate of more than one-half million dollars at no distant
date. The State can not meet its obligations without money and the
money must be raised by taxation. That our present system of taxation
facilitates the tax dodger and encourages official carelessness and indifference
on the part of those charged with public duties thereunder, in
the light of the State's unfortunate financial condition, can be assumed.
The cunning and unscrupulous schemes invented by those who evade
their just obligations to the government should be circumvented
and derelict tax officials should be brought up with a sharp turn.
No one should be required to contribute more than his just
share to the support of the government, this much he should pay
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906., book, January 16, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5859/m1/17/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .