Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 22 of 32
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U2S2 GOVERNOR'S MESSAGES.
thoee wiho have acquired knowledge should be clothed with the power to
Of the State's business to make room manage these institutions, but the
ftr others results in keeping the power to visit, to investigate and to
State's service in the hands of begin
report to the Governor and the Legners.
Under this system the ship of Islature.
state is forever manned by raw re
I commend this measure, carrying
eruits. A few years ago the head of a respectable appropriation for its
one of the most technical depart
accomplishment, as helpful, and, if
merts of the State government an
enacted, I believe the commission will
nounced immediately after his elec
be capable Qf rendering valuable astion
that he would make a clean sistance to your committees who will
sweep of the employees in his depart
be appointed to visit the various
ment. He kept his word, and re
penal and correctional institutions of
tained only the janitor. He admitted the State.
afterward that it took six months for
his new apopintees to acquire a rea
(d) Deficiency Appriations.
sonable facility in handling the husi-e Legislature
Several years ago the Legislature
ness of the department.
I recommend the creation of a civil enacted a law (R. S., Art. 4342) perI
recommend the creation of a civil m ing the Governor to authorize
service commission, with power to mitting the Governor to authorize
classify the various positions in the deficiency certificates to be issued by
classify the various positions in the te Comptroller upon the proper apthe
Comptroller upon the proper appublic
service, except the appointive of
plication of the various departments
ficers by the Governor, and to provide utios Thes ertftes
by examination and otherwise, tor and institutions. These certificates
testing the qualifications of the per
are then held by the creditors of the
testing te quaemployed ins of the State's institutions or departments as eviservice.Isons
to be em d inthe Sates dence of the moral obligation of the
service. I think that it wouiild also be
wise to provide that the cities and State to protect their claimn by an
counties of the State may ma'Ke use of appropriation to be made later -by the
the State's civil service commission in Legislature in its own discretion.
selecting their employees. I believe There is no legal compulsion on the
such a measure, properly carried out, Legislature to make this appropriawill
add immeasurably to the effi
tion and no assurance as to the date
ciency with which the public business the i ntended appropriation shall be~is
transacted. ~come available. In other words, a de
tis theransacted. oficiency certificate is not recognized
(c) State Board of Public Welfare. by the businel s world as evidence of
a "debt" of the State. The pracI
desire to call your attention to tical effect is that bidders for conthe
work of a commission appointed tracts to be paid by deficiency approby
me last April, known as the Com
priations add to their prices about
mission on Charities and Corrections 8 or 10 per cent to cover interest and
Legislation. This commission, which uncertainty.
has served without pay and without In previous years it has been necexpense
to the State, was appointed essary for Governors to authorize
at the .request of a number of civic these deficienciey certificates in varyorganizations
interested in charitable ing amounts from $200,000 to over
and relief work in the various cities half a million dollars. The State has
of the State. It is composed of some been paying in this manner discounts
twenty-five or thirty representative amounting to many thousand dollars
men and women engaged in this line each year. During the present adof
work. After an exhaustive study ministration it has been necessary,
of the laws of other States and the on account of unprecedented adadministration
of the charitable and vances in prices of supplies and excorrectional
agencies of those States, penses of maintenance, to authorize
this commission has decided to rec
deficiency certificates in the approxiommend
the establishment of a non
mate amount of $200,000.
paid State board, to be known as the I venture to suggest that these
Board of Public Welfare, having the discounts might be avoided by thepower
to. visit and investigate the Legislature.making a reasonable apmanagement
of charitable, eleemosy
Dropriation in bulk not exceeding
nary and penal institutions supported $250.000, its amount based on past
in whole or in part by the State or; experiences of needs, available under
by any political subdivision thereof. similar Drovisions now employed for
They do not desire thlat this board authorizing deficiency certificates, to,
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Hobby, W. P. Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919., book, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5863/m1/22/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .