Ask the Governor
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082134/00006
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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 22, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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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."