Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 3 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 8, 1895.
Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives:
A retrospective view of the last four years, taken in the light of the
governmental reforms accomplished in obedience to the will of the people
during that time, must inspire every patriotic Texian with a sense of
felicitation and pride. While your honorable bodies are confronted
with inadequate funds upon which to operate the government for the
next two years, nevertheless, as faithful officers and loyal citizens, there
is doubtless much gratification in the reflection, tested by truth, that extravagance
has not caused the condition, nor have the tax-payers borne
hardships as a consequence.
In rendering obedience to the constitutional requirements, that at the
commencement of each session of the Legislature, and at the close of
his term of office, the Governor shall give to the Legislature information
by message of the condition of the State; that he shall recommend such
measures as may be deemed expedient; that he shall render an account
of all public moneys received and paid out by him from any funds subject
to his order, with vouchers; and that he shall present estimates of
the amount of money required to be raised by taxation for all purposes,
I experience much pleasure in the contemplation that the service is to be
performed to an intelligent body of men, elected by the people, who can
fully appreciate and understand the true condition of the State; and who
are committed by the demands of their constituents, expressed through
party platforms and at the ballot box, to uphold the measures and policies
of, and to support the leading laws inaugurated, promoted, and adopted
by my administration.
Briefly stated, the condition of Texas simply is, that recently her
foundations, so to speak, have been relaid strongly, securely, to the end
that the sovereign people may maintain, control, and operate their governmental
affairs at the lightest possible expense for the preservation of
their rights and liberties, without menace from any source.
THE LEADING LAWS.
The Railroad Commission Law has been created, and after two long
years of perplexing litigation, it has been permanently settled to be con
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas, book, 1895; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5862/m1/3/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .