Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 18 of 36
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Austin, Texas, Feb. 7, 1921.
To the Members of the Senate nad House of Representatives:
All public Money Gentlemen: In studying the workings of our
Should Be Turned State Government, I am being impressed more
Into the Public Tr and more each day that the one thing to which
ury for Distribution
we should give our attention at this time is seeing
to it that the machinery of our government,
in all its parts, is put in proper condition to be economically and
efficiently operated. Not only is the State overloaded with Boards
and Commissions that overlap and duplicate, but I discover that
some of the departments in the handling of money do not recognize,
nor are they responsible to the supreme law-making body of the
State. Under our system of government all officers and departments
created by the Legislature should be directly responsible to and
under the direct supervision of the Legislature. It is not a wise
policy to permit any officer of any department of the government to
collect fees and to appropriate such fees as he pleases to the running
expenses of his particular department. All public funds should
not only be turned into the State Treasury, but should be paid out
by direct and specific legislation. No department of this government
should be permitted to employ assistants, either as to number
or salary, without its payroll being subjected to the wisdom of the
Legislature. Not to thus regulate the departments is to make possible
leaks and encourage extravagance. I, therefore, recommend for
your earnest consideration the enactment of a general law repealing
the provisions of the Highway Commission Law, the Game, Fish
and Oyster Commission Law, the Agricultural
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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/m1/18/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .