Governor's Message to the 56th legislature. Page: 6 of 41
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and time and growth have simply caught up with us.
If today we faced the problems of Governor Houston with an impoverished
State and warring Indians 50 miles from the Capitol, or the broken and defeated
South faced by Governor Coke, I admit I would be worried about the outcome of
our labors. However, when I read through the pages of history what the chosen
officials of Texas did with less material means and under greater hardships than
we know today, and how they finally succeeded in meeting every problem necessary
to build here the greatest State in the Nation, I know that you and I can and
will meet the responsibility of our day as they met theirs.
Only those who are unfamiliar with the past and who lack true vision of
the Texas of tomorrow have cause to fear the duties of today.
APPROVAL OF THE PEOPLE
Of this you may be sure: I have every confidence in you, and I have every
confidence in the people of Texas who sent you here to represent them in this
Legislature. The great majority of the people of Texas will support us in whatever
we do that is right, reasonable, and necessary to operate a good State government
and to help build an even greater Texas in the future.
Sometimes I think the people are even better prepared for the additional
cost of our schools, colleges, highways, pensions; and the like, than some of us
who have the unpleasant duty of deciding the distribution of this added cost. The
people voted their wishes at the polls for most of these additional services.
The only trouble is, the people did not vote on how to pay for these
programs. That is our job, and on that the people will have the final say after
we have performed it.
Here’s what’s next.
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