Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 14 of 36
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department with but little additional expense or energy. There is no
excuse for the State to send from the Mining Board a representative
to visit a mine to investigate the ventilation and openings, etc., of
the mine and then have the Labor Department to send another man
the next day to look after the observance of the labor laws, and then
on another day have the Welfare Commission send another representative
of the State to see if any women or children are being overworked.
Each representative who goes will probably cost the State a
hundred dollars. One of these representatives could and should do
the work of the three. This statement in regard to the investigation
of a mine is a correct statement of how the business of the State in
many respects is duplicated. The Labor Department has representatives
to investigate the mines of the State, and there is no reason
why the work of the Mine Inspector cannot be carried on through
these representatives just as thoroughly as it is now done, and to a
great saving of the tax money. I commend this consolidation for
your favorable consideration.
If the above program of consolidation, elimination, co-ordination
and co-operation can be put into operation by proper legislation, it is
my judgment that it will save at least one hundred thousand dollars a
year of the people's money in the operating expenses of their government,
and at the same time set a higher standard of efficiency in the
affairs of State. I congratulate you upon the present splendid opportunity
to thus serve those in whose name and by whose authority you
are here. It is my hope that this legislative administration will redound
to the enduring good of the State and all her people.
"For forms of government let fools contest,
That is best which is administered best."
Yours for economy and efficiency,
PAT M. NEFF, Governor.
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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/m1/14/?rotate=90: accessed December 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .