Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 32 of 36
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are natural and normal. Things are now uncertain and unsettled. Our
people are financially hard pressed. The cattlemen are proclaiming a
state of semi-bankruptcy, horses are cheap, there is no market for
sheep, cotton is below the price of production, and the closing of some
bank is almost a daily occurrence. We should not now, while every
business in the State is standing with its back to the wall, fighting
to live, lay the foundations of new institutions. Neither in public
nor private business should foundations for new institutions be laid,
unless we can see our way clear to complete them. Years ago the
State laid the foundations for two educational institutions at two different
places in Texas, and yet the State has never built on the
foundations laid. I sincerely question the wisdom of beginning
another similar institution anywhere in Texas, as provided for in
this bill, until we are in financial condition to do so, and until times
have become normal.
All four of these bills were passed by the House of Representatives
and the Senate of Texas, together
constituting the Legislature of this
State. The Legislature is a branch of the government co-ordinate
with the executive branch thereof. Out of regard for their judgment
as to the policies of our State, as well as because of the merit of
the cause these bills were intended to promote, it would have given
me pleasure to have avoided the choice among said bills that necessity
compels me to make. I recognize that the members of the legislative
branch of our government perform their duties under the same
sanctions and obligations that bind me. To authorize me, as governor,
to run counter to their collective judgment, as expressed in legislation,
only the soundest reasons can justify. Especially is this so
when not only my judgment approves, but my heart applauds the
cause in behalf of which such legislative judgment is expressed. Upon
the return of the legislators to the coming called session, it shall be
my pleasure to join with them in the solution of the financial difficulties
that compel me to endorse part of their action and to reject the
other, provided it can be done without increasing the taxes of those
already bearing the burdens of the State. I had no alternative but
to choose among the four bills. I have exercised that choice after
days and nights of anxious thought and desire to do the best thing,
under all the circumstances, for our people. Therefore, by the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas,
I hereby approve the bills so above referred to as being approved, and
hereby veto the bills above referred to as being vetoed.
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/m1/32/: accessed January 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .