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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: April 30, 1962
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Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
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ASK THE GOVERNOR
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For release monday, April u3, uO .

It's time to "Ask the Governor" when Governor Farits

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments from

Florida citizens.

QUESTION: The question renews itself in each month's

mail, Is South Florida getting its fair share of road construc-

tion?

GOVERNOR: Well it depends on how you define it. Of

course, let me say that I have just been talking with

several members of the Road Board concerning that, and South

Florida will get the largest share of road money by far in

this next budget. Now whether this largest share is a

fair share, depends on how you look at it. Incidentally,

just in relation to that, I was in a Central Florida county

and talking with the Mayor of a certain city, and he was

complaining that they weren't getting their fair share of

road monies, and I thought this over in my mind and men-

tioned to him, "Well you have that money on this road and

that road" -- I named a number of the projects in the

county -- "Oh yes, he said, We have plenty of money in the

county but we haven't had any in the cities lately." Well

it is a difficult thing to divide up the money so as to

satisfy all the very genuine needs in the state. The funds

in toto are really very limited when you compare with them

the needs for roads, and so I think we are making a fair

apportionment. We are giving the largest bulk by far to

South Florida, whether or not it's fair is, of course, for

each individual to answer for himself.

QUESTION: Recently you spoke in a speech of four-

laning a section of US 27 in the South-Central part of the

State, and you hit at those who had said that there would

be no such construction during your term because of commit-

ments in connection with the extension of the Turnpike.


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Now the question comes up, will this section that you have

announced be all the construction on the highway in your

term?

GOVERNOR: That all depends. I am in the same

position there that I was last October, November, December,

when the opponents of the Turnpike were accusing me of

selling out the state. They made the statement categorically

that once this Turnpike was authorized or the bonds sold

that there would be no construction on US 27 during this

administration. Well, I just have a policy not to make

commitments on things like this ahead of the time when I am

ready to act on it. And so I refused to make a commitment.

They charged I had sold out the state of Florida and it

gave me a great deal of pleasure the other day to announce

this piece of construction which we are now ready to under-

take. And this is the proper time to announce it. Now

when other programs come up and incidentally I think there

will be one piece of construction on 27 that I didn't

announce down there but which will probably be announced

by the Road Board shortly in their budget conclusions. When

these things come up in their proper order we will consider

them and I don't commit now to build any more and I certainly

am not bound not to build any more. It depends on the

circumstances at the time the decision is properly made.

QUESTION: Are you taking an active role in the

development of the 62-63 fiscal year State Road Department

budget?

GOVERNOR: I have listened to the Road Board members

individually outline what they have in mind and have had

some discussion with them individually about various projects

in their communities, but the responsibility is theirs.

QUESTION: This business of getting roads built --

you made a comment recently about pressure groups which

prompted a citizen to write in and inquire what you define as

a pressure group?






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GOVERNOR: Well a pressure group is any group that

tries to create an artificial stimulus to the making of a

decision in favor of the proposition that they seek to

support. They might do this by ads in the newspaper, or by

public meetings attended by a vocal minority, or they might

do it by writing you letters saying I voted for you and if

you don't do this I am going to be against you, or any one

of a number of things -- these are pressure groups. They

are all legitimate-there is nothing wrong with them, but I

don't think a Governor ought to be guided by them.

Thank you, sir.

If you have a question of general interest you

would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot

it down on a post card and send it to this station, which

has made available this time in the public interest. Be

with us again next week when again we "Ask the Governor."