Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 28 of 36
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A PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF
TEXAS, IN REGARD TO SENATE BILL NO. 111,
HOUSE BILL NO. 361, SENATE BILL NO.
193, AND HOUSE BILL NO. 154.
Austin, Texas, April 1, 1921.
To the Honorable Secretary of State, State of Texas:
Four Educational The Legislature of this State, which adBills
Carrying a journed on the 12th day of March of this year,
Appropriation o passed and handed to me for consideration, and
More Than Eight
Million Dollars. finally for my approval or disapproval, among
many other bills, four very significantly important
educational measures, namely:
A bill carrying an appropriation of $1,350,000.00 to purchase additional
lands for the University of Texas.
A bill appropriating $3,000,000.00 to supplement the Available
School Fund for the fiscal year ending August 31, 1922.
A bill making an appropriation of $4,000,000.00 for the aid of rural
schools for the biennium beginning September 1, 1921, and. ending
August 31, 1923.
A bill appropriating $50,000.00 with which to establish an Agricultural
and Mechanical College in West Texas.
FOR AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
As a private citizen and as Governor of this State, I am for the cause
for the promotion of which all four of these bills speak. They deal
with the problem of education. They look to the making of a better
citizenship. I am for education in all forms, at all times, and everywhere.
The best use a government can possibly make of its money is
to invest it in the boys and girls of the country. I am for more efficient
teachers, better school houses, and greater educational advantages.
Happy am I always to assist in carrying out an enlarged educational
Incomparably important, however, as is education, prudence prompts
us to study these bills in the light of present financial conditions. The
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