Governor's Message to the 56th legislature. Page: 7 of 41
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LOW ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS
There is one important aspect of the State's financial picture that we
should repeat over and over again so that all may understand. It is that 92-1/2
cents of every State dollar is spent for four general services: education, highways,
public welfare, and hospitals and other eleemosynary institutions.
In marked contrast is the fact that only a little more than 1 cent (to be
exact 1. 13 cents) out of every State dollar is expended in supporting the Executive
and Administrative Departments of our State Government. The Judicial branch is
less than 1/2 cent (to be exact 45/100th cent), and the expenditure for the Legislative
branch of our State Government is less than 1/10 of a cent (to be exact 9/lOOths
cent). On a per capita basis, the Census Bureau report for 1957 shows only two
States in the Nation with lower current operation costs than Texas.
It should be obvious to anyone who advocates reduced spending as a
means of balancing the budget that the cuts would have to be made in the money
now going to our schools and colleges, or to old-age pensioners, needy blind,
neglected and dependent children, or to State hospitals for treatment of those
unfortunate people who are unable to come here and speak for themselves.
The school and college programs in this age of space and need for
cultivated minds asl'the guardian genius of democracy" are crying out for
expansion, not for reduction. On public welfare, the people themselves have
spoken by heavy votes for welfare amendments in recent general elections.
I have heard no public sentiment for stopping the tremendous progress
in our hospital program or for reducing our highway construction. On the
contrary, all from whom I have heard are proud of these programs and realize
the need for their expansion to meet our growing population.
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