Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 33 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
advantage. While the Commissioner of the General Land Office has
been faithful in looking after this trust estate, it has been practically impossible
for him to satisfy the Regents of the University with the results.
They believe it can be managed to better account through their direct
instrumentality. It would be well to let them have the absolute control
of its rental and lease, under such legislative restrictions as may be appropriate.
At all events, this great institution of learning, now fast
reaching the hearts of the rich and poor alike, should receive that legislative
encouragement and support commensurate with its inestimable inportance
in the educational fabric of ourt State.
AGRICULTURAL AND MECIHANICAL COLLEGE.
As a branch of the University, the Agricultural and Mechanical College
is in every way creditable. Its able president and superior faculty
manifest consummate skill in its operation, and the graduates from it
readily take rank among the foremost citizens. As a charge upon the
public, this splendid institution is worthy of every favorable legislative
consideration that can be shown it.
THE OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.
The rapid development of the Sam Houston Normal Institute, the
Medical Branch of the University, and the Prairie View Normal School
has attracted widespread attention. Each of them is ably, efficiently
conducted and managed, and commend themselves strongly to liberal
legislative aid and encouragement.
Great losses to the State are clearly apparent by an inspection of the tax
laws. They consist, first, of the inadequacy of the laws in relation to
the valuation of property; second, of defects in them wherein the forced
collection of ad valorem taxes is practically a failure; third, in the inability
of the tax collectors, under the present system, to enforce payment
of the per capita or poll tax; fourth, in the lack of remedial writs
to compel the payment of occupation taxes; fifth, the unusually excessive
expenses incurred in tax collections.
ASSESSMIENT OF TAXES.
The Constitution requires that the Legislature shall provide for equalizing,
as near as may be, the valuation of all property subject to be rendered
for taxation; and may provide for the classification of all lands as
to value, in the several counties.
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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/m1/33/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .