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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: January 8, 1962
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Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR 1

As taped for radio release the week of
January 8, 1962

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Farris

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments from Floridats

citizens.

Governor, publicity over the Merit System has been

considerable of late. How do you regard this agency of the

government?

GCVERNOR: The Merit System has a very useful function it

can perform. If properly operated, it certainly can give to employee

a sense of security to which they are entitled. It insures that they

will not be subject to political whims or fortunes over which they

have no control. On the other hand, it must not be utilized as a

refuge for the incompetent. It must not be so utilized as to thwart

the will of the people as expressed in their election of officials

committed to carry out their mandates. I think it was for these

reasons that the Legislature very wisely provided that the law should

be amended to exempt from the Merit System those positions which

are policy making in nature. These are the higher echelons of

employment. These are the jobs that the elected official must control

if he is going to see the policies that have been approved by the

people in his election carried out,

Q. Governor, do you think that the Merit System should be

extended to the state agencies that are not now under it?

GOVERNOR: I would be a little bit presumptious to say so.

Obviously, if it is good for the agencies under the Governor, it's

good for all agencies. But as it is now established, none of these

agencies, other than those under the Governor, can be brought under

unless the officials in charge of those agencies decide to bbing them

under the operation of the Merit System, I do think there is a little

bit of inconsistency written into the law, of course, in having

Cabinet officials who do not wish to have their own ageuci.es

administered under the Merit System have a hand in administering the

agencies under the Governor's office.








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Qa Governor, what do you expect from an employee of the

State of Florida?

GOVERNOR: I think I expect a little bit more than a private

employer. I expect of him first of all loyalty to the State of

Florida. A state employee has a trust, which is peculiar to his

employment. His employer cannot look over his shoulder. His

employer cannot assess the balance sheet the way that a private

employer could do. He cannot subject him to the efficiency ratings,

and so forth, as can be done by the private employer. So a public

employee must be a person who is willing to dedicate himself,

regardless of time and regardless of convenience, to carrying out

the service functions which is the only reason for the existence of

the state government.

Q. Taking it from the other approach, what do you think an

employee should look for in the way of relationship with the state

agencies that sometime tend to be impersonal?

GOVERNOR: He can look for his compensation. He can look

for security, so long as he does his job. He can look for retirement

in a system which is insured by the taxing power of the State of

Florida. He can look for the satisfaction of knowing that he is

having a part in major happenings of his time.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question you would like

Governor Bryant to answer on this program, 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."