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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR i)
As taped for radio release the week of .\
January 22, 1962 .
(For release Sunday AMs)
It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Bryant
answers questions based on letters and comments from Florida citizens.
QUESTION: Governor, in traveling around Florida in the
weeks since the end of your first year in office, have you found that
people are generally satisfied with the way things are going in
GOVERNOR: Well, that's hard for me to answer because, of
course, I am never quite confident that people aren't just being
polite to me. Certainly, their personal reactions to me, by and large,
are favorable. Of course, we have criticisms every now and then,
particularly in the area of roads because whenever you build a new
road or whenever you improve an old road you make somebody mad
because it wasn't his road or if you straighten out a curve you take
it away from his property or it doesn't go just where he thinks it
ought to. But, by and large, I feel that the people of Florida are
satisfied that we are trying very hard to carry out our promises;
that we are trying to run a government in their interest as much as
our abilities will permit us to do.
QUESTION: Have you seen any signs of particular dissatis-
faction in any specific areas?
GOVERNOR: Nothing other than the roads to which I referred.
I have been real pleased because when I first came into office there
were a great many critical letters, but the volume of those letters
has dropped off now to rather insignificant. One of the interesting
things is that we used to get a world of anonymous letters and now we
don't get any at all. Now just exactly what this means I don't know.
Of course, anonymous letters are always critical and since we are not
getting them now well we are not getting the critical anonymous
letters and I am glad for that.
QUESTION: It appears likely that we are going to have a
better tourist season. Will this have any effect on the efforts of
the State of Florida to bring in new industry?
GOVERNOR: Yes, it will. I would say that perhaps as much
as half of our new industry that comes from outside of Florida comes
as a result of individuals having first visited here as tourists and
become aware of the potential of this area for their industries.
They have to come here to realize the size of the market, and that's
one of the largest factors. Not only the fact that there are 5
million people in Florida today, but that the market is increasing
so. And that if they want a part of that market, this is the place
to be to achieve it. And then, of course, they learn the advantages
of living here under these present circumstances and they, also, find
out that the people of Florida have educational facilities and an
inherent will to work, which are significant items when an individual
decides where to locate his plant.
QUESTION: Showing industrial prospects around Florida is
the job of a number of state employees and travel in the state during
the winter season can be expensive. Do you think that state employees
having to travel in the tourist-heavy areas are properly compensated
for their expenses by the $11.00 a day they receive as per diem?
GOVERNOR: Sometimes they are, of course, not properly
compensated. When we send a man out either to go to New York or to
work here in Florida to show people the best side of Florida and to
persuade them to locate here we don't want them to create a bad
impression by having to live in second-rate surroundings or not being
able to carry his part of the expenses as he travels. Well, that's
what has to be done now or the employee has to pick up the check
himself and it's not fair to ask him to take out of his salary some
of the expenses properly chargeable to his job. But it is difficult
to work out a formula that will give that individual who has this
problem adequate compensation without opening the whole process up to
abuse. I incline to the opinion that if we were to give the
Comptroller of Florida, Ray Green, wide discretion in this matter --
he tends to be rather critical of high expense accounts as he ought
to be -- and I feel that we would get the same kind of supervision
from him that we normally get in private business and that, of course,
is what we want.
Thank you, sirt If you have a question of general interest
that 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 again next
week when again we "Ask the Governor."