Governor's Message to the 56th legislature. Page: 8 of 41
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ECONOMY APPLIED FIRST
The only solution is to adequately finance the programs by eliminating every
wasted dollar, and to apply every economy and efficiency in their operation. That
is the approach I have made to the entire fiscal program. It is the approach which
I urged upon the heads of all departments and agencies of State Government at a
meeting which I held in Austin on January 15, 1958. It is the approach followed
by the Governor's budget officer. After the budget requests were submitted by
all agencies, you will remember that on September 20, 1958, I wrote all of them
requesting re-examination because I believed that most of them were too high.
Several reduced their requests, and then in the budget I have submitted to you I cut
total recommendations 72 per cent below the total requests made by State agencies
for the next two years. In this budget I have retained what I consider only the essential
increases. My recommendations amount to a total 10 per cent increase over the
present biennium, which has proven to be a normal increase for continued progress
in this State.
THE DEFICIT AND TAX STRUCTURE
As to the deficit, there may be some comfort in the fact that Texas is not
the only State which has an empty general fund. A nation-wide survey published
in the January 12th issue of Newsweek reports the following:
"In state after state ..... huge deficits have been piling up.
In California the deficit for the current fiscal year may reach a
towering $285, 000, 000; in New York it will come to $220, C ., JO0;
in Michigan, $100, 000, 000. And if there are no deficits.to make
up, in many states the new budget demands for the next biennium
far outstrip existing tax revenues. In Pennsylvania, for example,
the demands for money from the state treasury add up to $500
million more than they did a year ago; in Wisconsin, the margin
is $100 million. "
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Price, Daniel. Governor's Message to the 56th legislature., book, January 21, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5870/m1/8/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .