Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
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Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: February 5, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR

As taped for radio release the week of > f>
February 5, 1962 V

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor a ri fant
answers questions based on letters and comments from Flor d citizi'~s.

QUESTION: Governor, the subject of a toll turnp ee om /

Tampa to Miami has drawn considerable pro and con comment in re

weeks. Just what is your view of such a road?

GOVERNOR: I am glad, first of all, that this road has
drawn a lot of comment because it's not any open and shut case either

way, of course. Primarily I believe in toll roads to supplement

our free highways because they are paid for by the users. And,

therefore, I would anticipate that if feasibility surveys indicate

that this road will pay for itself from the users, that it would

probably be a good thing to do. However, this is a turnpike that,

if built, will effect one particular area more than any other area

of the state, and therefore, I feel that the opinion of citizens in

that area must be carefully weighed.

QUESTION: Several citizens of Florida have made reference
to a minority report filed by members of the Blatnik Congressional

sub-committee which looked into Florida road building. They wonder

what you have in the way of comment on that section of this minority

report which said that of some $6 million dollars in consulting fees

paid to private engineering firms, much was wasted because you have

shifted emphasis from urban to rural interstate construction. This

is money that was paid out prior to your administration.

GOVERNOR: Well, of course, I don't know what the basis for
such an allegation is. There has been no basic shift in planning

as far as that is concerned. It is true that during the last

administration the great bulk of the interstate construction was done

in urban areas and it was intended that thereafter we would tie these

urban areas together, and that is what we are doing now. However,

we are continuing with the urban construction program in the

Hillsborough area, for instance. We are underway on a substantial

program; we are completing the work in the Orlando-Orange county area;

we are initiating a broad new program, including extension of the old

program in the Dade County area, and we are presently modifying -- in

conjunction with the Jacksonville Expressway -- we are making plans

to modify the program and to carry forward in the Duval area.

QUESTION: Another section of that same minority report
said of the State Road Department: "It should be purged of the dead

wood and alms takers and set up on a more realistic pay scale and

job designation, then insulated from political interference by a

merit system." How do you respond to that?

GOVERNOR: Well, the gentleman who wrote the report
obviously has as little knowledge of the Road Department as he has

of the whole program. There is a merit system now. You know I am

a little bit afraid of these people who always want to insulate

something from politics,because politics is the way that democracy

runs. That is to say people elect officials through the political

process, and if you insulate it from "politics" you are insulating

it from the people. That's the difference between democracy and

other forms of government. In a dictatorship, of course, it's

insulated from politics, but it is not freedom.

QUESTION: Governor, what are yourfeelings on a proposal
to stagger terms of Road Board members and the appointment of a

professional highway administrator, who it is claimed, would be free

from pressures and changes attendant to the quadrennial change of


GOVERNOR: I will keep an open mind on that subject. I
might point out that my State Road Board chairman was a professional

road builder until about 1954. Road building was his business in

life. He retired from that business at that time. I would like to

also point out that there are professional road builders running the

Road Department now. In the field of engineering there is an

engineer who has been with them almost 30 years with the highway

engineers. In the administrative department there is a permanent

salaried executive director.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general interest

that you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, 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."