Ask the Governor
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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: May 21, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
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For release Monday, 21, 1962 OF -

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Pa P g
answers questions based on letters and comments from Fl~i:a/ i

citizens. .

QUESTION: Governor, a Lakeland man has written commending
you for your position on economy in government, but adding and I

quote, "I have always thought the taxpayers' money should be

spent in such a way that would help the most people of the state.

Do you think it is good business for you and your Cabinet to go
at taxpayers' expense to places like the Plant City Strawberry


GOVERNOR: Well, you know you have got a problem there and
I had never really thought of it in just that way, but it's a

legitimate question. I do think, though, and the reason that I

travel at state expense to a place like the Plant City Straw-

berry Festival is because the Governor of the State and other
state officials--other public officials--ought to be available

to people. Now when I go to Plant City--it is true I ride for

a moment in a parade, but the most of my time is spent talking

with the people in that area, and there will be hundreds of

them there. I derive from them comments about whether they like

this, that or the other thing that we are doing, and they ask

me questions and I am able in a short period of time literally

to see hundreds of people who have business with their governor

that would not otherwise be able to reach me at all. I think

in a democracy this is important. After reflecting on his

question, let me answer it affirmatively: yes, I do think it

is good business because it keeps me in touch with the people so

that I may know what their wishes are on the one hand, and on the
other hand it gives the people an opportunity to present their

petitions and their ideas to the Governor of their State.

QUESTION: You have answered in part by that his next
question. He went on to ask: "Do you think that you can look after

state business travelling all over the country, as well as in


GOVERNOR: Let me say that I almost never go anywhere

without having several purposes in mind. If I go to Plant

City to the Strawberry Festival, I will also on that occasion

go over to, let's say Interstate 4 where they are having some

trouble completing the road, or I will go to a TB hospital in

the area or I will do something connected with state business

that I need to do in that area. We sort of keep a running file

on things that we need to do and as I am able to be in the

several sections of the state, perhaps on the Strawberry Festival

type thing, I try t4 do those other things at the same time.

QUESTION: Does the same hold true pretty generally for

your out-of-state trips?

GOVERNOR: Well, the out-of-state trips are always business

trips. Well that is not quite true -- but I'd say 99 per cent

of them are always direct business trips. If I go to Washington,

for instance, I go there to see the members of Congress to

present something on behalf of Florida. If I go to New York,

it is a financial matter. Now, the trip I made to Europe, of

course, was not solely a Florida taxpayers trip expense, although

it was for their benefit. And the same is true of the trip to

Japan. There were no Florida taxpayers expense involved.

QUESTION: Our Lakeland correspondent had one final

question which was based on recent news stories that one or two

state employees had drawn travel expense monies of more than

$4,000 in a six-month period. He asks if you think that such

expenditures can be justified?

GOVERNOR: These are things that we give very close

scrutiny to and it is obvious that travel expense accounts can

be easily abused. First of all, the Comptroller checks every

expense account and if he doesn't think it is legitimate he

kicks it back. He makes them either come in and justify the

expense account or he refuses to make payment. So, basically,

these have been justified. In the case of the two employees you

speak of -- I believe they were Florida Development Commission

employees -- and I know of my own personal knowledge, while I

don't the details of their expense accounts, that they have

spent a great deal of their time travelling out of the state
to New York and Chicago, to Seattle, and various places where

they are representing the State of Florida in the pursuit of

certain particular interests. I suspect -- in fact, I feel

fairly confident their expenses are justified.

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 "Ask the Governor," 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."