Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: December 4, 1961
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR

As taped for radio release the week of
December 4, 1961

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Farris
Bryant answers questions sent in by citizens from throughout Florida.

Governor, the first question is from a man in Fort

Lauderdale who has written to ask if the transfer of funds from sta'e

reserves to operating accounts is an indication that we are ending

this year broke?

GOVERNOR: Well, first o all, of course, our fiscal year
begins in July and ends in July, so we are not really ending a year

in state government. What this indicates, however, is that our

current position is not good. You see, our revenues come in very

slowly in the summertime and in the early months of the fall, and

then they come in very rapidly in January, February, March and April,

On the other hand, our expenses are heavy in summertime and the early

months of the fall, because our new fiscal year has begun and we have

made commitments for capital outlay and gotten many new programs

underway at the beginning of the fiscal year. This whole matter vill

be resolved as revenues begin to come in. Let me say this, though,

we ought to develop a reserve which would make it unnecessary for us

to borrow in this fashion in the future.

Q. A lady in Cocoa wants to know if the stories she has
read in her newspaper about a State Road Department policy statement

on construction of highways competitive with the extension of the

turnpike means that Interstate 95 will not be built?

GOVERNOR: It does not mean that. As a matter of fact, we
have expedited the building of Interstate 95 and she can look forward

under the plans that the Road Department is following to the

construction of 1-95 faster than would have been the case a year ago

under the plans that then existed.

Q. A Chicago advertising man has written to you complain-
ing that Florida is not giving Miami and Miami Beach enough attention

in its advertising and publicity and that this is unfair since that

generates more interest and revenue for the state (that area that
is) than any other?

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GOVERNOR: Well, I would agree with him that if we did not

give them a proper share that would be unfair. As a matter of fact,

we have the best advice on advertising -- the best talent that we can

get. We think that we are allocating the advertising fund so as to

produce the most for the state and, of course, Miami and Miami Beach

is a big tourist attraction in the state and we all profit when the

people of the nation drive down to Miami.

Q. Several people have written to you, Governor Bryant,

commenting on the offer of a Charleston, South Carolina, Museum to

sell the State of Florida a portrait of Seminole Chief Osceola for

$25,000. They want to know where the money is coming from and if we

know that the portrait is worth it?

GOVERNOR: Well, first of all, we dontt know if the portrait

is worth it or not. A man wrote in a letter and we are simply

exploring the possibility. I mentioned it in press conference, because

you know there might be somebody around Florida -- maybe a Seminole

Indian descendent -- who would like to put up the money to bring this

work of art back to Florida and if he wanted to do that he wouldn't

have a chance unless I told him about it. The money is not coming

from state sources under any present plans. Indeed, in all probability

it will be impossible for us to get the work at all.

Q. Governor, many people write in to you each week asking

you to come to an area of the state to speak at a civic club or some

other function in their community. Can you tell a little bit about

how you view these invitations -- how you decide which to accept and

which to decline?

GOVERNOR: Well, we try first of all to accept those

invitations primarily in which we can serve some good purposes. Now

national conventions frequently give me a chance to make some pitch

that is good for the State of Florida, and I like to do that. And

then there are institutions and there are programs which afford an

opportunity to explain or to get support for the activities of various

state agencies -- whenever this occurs we try to accept that invitation

rather than some other where sometimes I would enjoy going more.


Thank you, Governor. If you have a question of general

interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this programs

jot it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor,"

Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which has

made available this time in the public interest. Be with us next

week when again we "Ask the Governor."