Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 9 of 36
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Austin, Texas, January 28, 1921.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:
In an Economically My Dear Co-Laborers: The government beand
longs to the people. You and I represent the
people. We should conduct their government
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ment TUhere Shoul economically and efficiently or resign. The welces
or Duplication fare of the State is greater than the ambitions
of Departments. of an individual. The people, whose servants
we are, are clamoring, rightly so, for a change
in the wickedly wasteful conduct of the affairs of State. It is to the
everlasting shame of our governments, municipal, county, State and
national, that they have never adopted the business methods of efficiency
and economy that make successful private corporations. Our
government is a big financial business institution and should be operated
in a business-like manner. The responsibility of rendering service
along this line to the people of Texas now rests on your shoulders
and mine. It cannot be shifted to others. We should meet these
duties and responsibilities with courage and fidelity. The State has
grown, in its governmental affairs, top-heavy. It is burdened with
overhead expenses. We have too much machinery. The State needs
less legislation and more co-operation. There should not be even one
office for political purposes in all Texas. Politics and business should
be divorced. At the earliest hour possible there should be abolished
every board and bureau, every office and commission, except just
enough to administer the government in a simple, economical manner.
This is the only way to take up the slack and give to the people a maximum
service at a minimum cost. Before cataloguing some recommendations
looking to the abolishment, the consolidation, the co-ordination
and the co-operation of certain departments, I desire to express the
hope that this Legislature will set a new standard and make a new
record in the realm of honest, homespun economy. The people have
by their votes put power into our hands to be used for their good, not
ours. The millions "'to fame and fortune unknown," who make up this
commonwealth, have by toil and sacrifice put money into our hands
to be spent for them, not for ourselves. Therefore, let us have
OUR AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT AND OUR INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING
The State government in all its departments should be organized
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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/m1/9/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .