Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 13 of 36
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government nearly two years. Its pay roll has been taking out of
the public treasury for salary and running expenses a thousand dollars
a month. After inquiry, it is my opinion that it has not rendered
any substantial service of any kind to the people. On investigation
by the Legislature it is my judgment that you will not find one
worth-while accomplishment to its credit. If this department could
not function in twenty months, I have no hopes for it. When I was
a boy I learned that if an egg did not hatch at the proper time it
would not hatch at all. I recommend that this commission be abolished
at once. If there are any services to be rendered under the
law, let it be put where it belongs, under the Department of Labor.
In this connection, I feel that it is but justice to say that in making
this recommendation it is not intended to reflect in any way on the
present members of this commission. I have no reason to think they
have not, under the law, done their best. The commission, however,
should be abolished and the things aimed at by the law should be, as
a matter of economy and efficiency, delegated to the State Department
THE BOARD FOR AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT SUBSTATIONS SHOULD BE
On investigation, I am sure the Legislature will find it wise to
abolish the Agricultural Experiment Substation Board that has in
charge the branch experiment stations of the State. The duties of
this Board should be given to the Board of Directors of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College. This last named Board has control
of the main experiment station located at College Station and appoints
the director for the entire agricultural experiment station system,
including the substations, but strange as it may seem the substation
board, which is entirely independent of the Board of Directors
of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, appoints the employes of
the substations. It goes without argument to say that this is an
overlapping of duties and responsibilities, necessarily creating friction
and misunderstanding. It is clearly in the interest of economy and
efficiency and public policy that the entire administration of the
experiment station system be placed under one head, and that one
head, of course, should be the Board of Directors of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College, and I so recommend.
MINING BOARD AND INSPECTOR.
The duties, functions, and the entire work of the Mining Board
and the Mine Inspector should all be transferred to and operated
by the Department of Labor. This work can all be done by this
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/13/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .