Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 29 of 36
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world is passing through a period of business transformation. The
people are pioneering amid new conditions. The financial future is
uncertain. We should not, at this time, inaugurate new enterprises
requiring increased expenditures, nor should we lay additional tax
burdens on the backs of the people.
TEXAS REVENUES AND DISBURSEMENTS.
A careful consideration of the financial affairs of the State discloses
the fact that the anticipated maximum income of the State accruing
to the benefit of the general fund from all sources, for the two-year
period under consideration, up to the full limit of our facilities for
raising revenue will be approximately $32,000,000.00. In other words,
that is the available amount of money we have in prospect during the
coming two years to run the government, including all state departments,
educational institutions, eleemosynary institutions, courts, etc.,
and out of which must come all our appropriations.
The session of the Legislature recently adjourned appropriated out
of this prospective fund approximately $13,000,000.00. I have vetoed
bills aggregating something over a million dollars, leaving in round
numbers $12,000,000.00 to be paid out of this fund. The regular appropriation
bill for the running expenses of the government and the
maintenance of our state institutions for these two years has not as
yet been passed. The Legislature will be shortly reconvened for this
purpose. The minimum estimate for support of the government, including
educational and eleemosynary institutions, courts, etc., is $28,000,000.00.
Adding this $28,000,000.00 to the $12,000,000.00 already
appropriated amounts to $40,000,000.00. In short, we have in prospect
only $32,000,000.00 in money with which to meet an expense
account of $40,000,000.00. Our expenses must be kept within our revenues.
Appropriations should not be made beyond the State's available
ability to pay. Taxation should not be increased.
THESE FOUR BILLS
These four bills under study carry an aggregate appropriation of
$8,400,000.00, which amount is included in the $40,000,000.00 above
stated. The $28,000,000.00 for the actual running expenses of the machinery
of the government, including all state departments, all our
courts, eleemosynary and educational institutions, must necessarily
first come out of our $32,000,000.00. This will leave for the purposes
of these four bills, in round numbers, $4,000,000.00, instead of $8,400,000.00
required by said four bills.
THE ,UNIVERSITY BILL
What is the wisest way to use this $4,000,000.00, all the money we
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/29/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .