Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 30 of 36
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will have, in view of the demands of these four bills, is the question
that now knocks at the door of our thoughts for solution. Senate Bill
No. 111 appropriates $1,350,000.00 with which to purchase additional
lands for the University of Texas. There is no doubt that the University
should have more land than it now possesses. The Senate and
House, by almost unanaimous vote, said that now is the time to purchase
all the land provided for in this bill. I am now called on to
approve the bill providing for the purchase of all the land, or to disapprove
it and prevent the buying of any land. The purchase of this
land will fix forever the habitat of this seat of learning and will eliminate
this feature of its life from future political discussion; it will
make immediately available the Littlefield donation of upwards of a
million dollars, which sum, being saved to the people of Texas, offsets
an equal sum of the purchase price of this land, for the reason that
this million dollars from the Littlefield estate would be lost to the State
if this bill should be vetoed. The property to be purchased by this
bill will bring an annual rental of approximately one hundred thousand
dollars a year, which money can be used in removing the " shacks "
that now disgrace the University campus, and substituting therefor
permanent buildings in keeping with the dignity of the State; it will
be a permanent investment in the culture of the manhood and womanhood
of Texas. It should also be remembered that this is the first appropriation
ever made from the general revenues of the State for the
permanent improvement of the University. Therefore, Senate Bill
No. 111, providing for the purchase of additional land for the University
of Texas, is hereby approved.
THE Two APPROPRIATION BILLS FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
House Bill No. 361 and Senate Bill No. 193, carrying respectively
$3,000,000.00 and $4,000,000.00 appropriations for the general benefit
of the public schools of Texas, are both meritorious measures. The
common purpose of each is laudable. Scarcity of available money will
not permit, at this time, the approval of both. That there will not be
sufficient money coming into the State Treasury to give all the aid
needed to our public schools is a matter I deeply regret. "It is a condition
and not a theory that confronts us." Therefore, I do now
hereby approve House Bill No. 361, appropriating $3,000,000.00 to
supplement the Available School Fund, and do now hereby disapprove
and veto Senate Bill No. 193, appropriating $4,000,000.00 to further
aid certain public schools, for the following reasons:
There is not sufficient money available to carry out the provisions
of both bills; financially, the three million dollar appropriation can be
more easily met than the four million dollar appropriation; the three
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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/m1/30/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .