Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 19 of 36
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is exclusive of the salaries of the members of the Commission. There
is no doubt that correct governmental principles would require that
such a vast department of the State government as this should be
under the direct supervision of the Legislature, in order that it may
judge as to the number of employes and salary paid therefor. This
is not only important as a matter of economy, but also to the end that
all the employes of the State might receive something like uniform
compensation for like service rendered. If the various departments
of the government are left at liberty to pay salaries according to the
pleasure of such department, it is very apparent that gross irregularities
and injustice will exist. Such a slip-shod system of this
kind begets extravagance. It would not be tolerated for an hour
by any well-organized private business. The very best methods used
by successful private enterprises are none too good to be invoked
by all of us who are charged with the responsibility of expending
the people's money.
What has been said as a reason for specific and direct legislation
looking to the curbing of extravagance, to the equalization of
salaries for like service, to the minimizing of the possibility of
leaks, to the efficiency of government as applicable to the Highway
Department, applies with equal force to the Game, Fish and Oyster
Commission, to one of the sub-departments of the A.
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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/m1/19/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .