Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 24 of 36
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traveling expenses of the army of employes who travel over the State
as representatives of the various departments of the government.
Third. A law providing that all the departments of the State government
shall turn all money collected into the State Treasury, and
that said money can only be paid out by legislative enactment. It is
not a wise policy to permit any officer or any department of the State
government to collect fees and appropriate such fees as said officer or
department pleases. All public funds should not only be turned into
the public treasury, but they should not get out of the treasury except
by direct and specific legislation. To do otherwise is to make possible
leaks and to encourage extravagance in handling public funds.
There will also be submitted for your consideration in special session
a constructive, progressive, legislative program looking to the
upbuilding and on-going of the State in all her vast and varied interests,
the details of said program to be later worked out, and at the
proper time presented.
That all these and other proper legislative matters may be worked
out to the best interests of the five million people whose servants we
are, I invite your suggestions, your criticisms, your opinions, and
sincerely covet your co-operation and your helping hand.
As you go today from legislative halls to your respective callings,
I speak to each of you individually, and indulge in the hope that when
you return from your private affairs and take up again the burdens
and responsibilities of legislation, that you and I will join hands in
a united effort to make Texas the best place in all the world in which
Yours for law enforcement, for economy and efficiency, and for constructive
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/m1/24/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .