Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 45 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
MONEY PAID OUT BY THE GOVERNOR.
Appended hereto you will find an account of the public money received
and paid out by myself from the funds subject to my order for
the past two years; and the vouchers therefor are on file with the Comptroller,
subject to legislative and public inspection and investigation.
In presenting estimates of the expenses necessary for the operation and
maintenance of the government for the next two years, your attention is
respectfully called to the able reports of the Comptroller, of the Treasurer,
the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the AttSrney-General,
the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the. Adjutant-General,
the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History, the
Secretary of State, the State Health Officer, the Superintendent of Public
Buildings and Grounds, the State Revenue Agent, the superintendents
of the various charitable and educational institutions, as well as to the
reports of the Board of Regents of the University, the Trustees of the
Agricultural and Mechanical College and Prairie View Institute, and of
the Sam Houston Normal School.
It would be practically impossible for the members of the Legislature
to read these reports, though they are very interesting, instructive, and
valuable. Your attention is cordially invited to their scrutiny and inspection,wlth
the hope tflat familiarity with them may produce much enlightenment
for the benefit of the people. As a suggestion of a simple
method by which the members of the Legislature may become familiar
with and well informed upon the condition of the State Government in
all its details, without the necessity of many weeks of hard reading and
investigation of the reports, it would doubtless be very profitable to
them, and not objectionable to the officers themselves, for the Legislature,
by resolution, to call upon the heads of the various departments to
deliver addresses in the Hall of Representatives in the afternoons and
nights during the first few weeks of the session. If this custom could
obtain, it would become very useful and beneficial in aid of legislation.
The experienced head of a department could, within an hour's time,
through a public address, impart more information to the already well
informed Senators and Representatives than could be acquired otherwise
by tedious investigation and close study for many days.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS.
Sound economy and good taste dictate that suitable appropriations
should be made to keep the capitol building in good repair, and to clean
up and decently improve the spacious grounds surrounding it.
A new home for the Governor is also needed, and should be constructed
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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/m1/45/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .