Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 31 of 36
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million dollar appropriation is constitutionally and automatically distributed,
without any additional cost whatever, into every nook and
corner of the State, while the distribution of the four million dollars
will entail an expenditure, in governmental machinery for distribution,
counting the twenty thousand dollar provision in the bill for research
work, of approximately one hundred thousand dollars; the three million
dollar appropriation benefits every community in Texas, according
to scholastic population, while the other appropriation has exclusive
limitations and benefits only a certain class of schools; there is no other
source from which the available funds can be supplemented except as
provided by this three million dollar bill, while school districts can
avail themselves of the purposes aimed at by the provisions of the four
million dollar bill, by voting the tax provided in the Constitutional
Amendment adopted by the people at the general election last November.
So heartily, however, am I in favor of adequate appropriation
for the public schools of the State that I desire here to record, that, if
the special session of the Legislature finds that money can be had from
any proper source, above the necessary running expenses of the government,
I shall gladly join in making an appropriation of not only
the four million dollars hereby vetoed, but for any other reasonable
amount the State is financially able to appropriate without increasing
the taxes of those already bearing the burdens of the government.
THE WESI TEXAS A. now, to do what it refused to
endorse, after full and free discussion, would not only not be right, but
such action would be fundamentally wrong. When a political party
speaks as to a matter of policy or expediency, the administration
created by that party should obey.
Second. Aside from party instructions, this is not the time to lay
new foundations for State institutions. We should wait until times
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/31/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .