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: December 25, 1961
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR

As taped for radio release the week of
December 25, 1961 .

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Govern arris

Bryant answers questions sent in by citizens from through ot F taJ

Governor, our questions today are compiled from many that come/o

to you about this year and the year ahead. First, what will

remember best about 1961?

GOVERNOR: Oh, I suppose that the impression that will be most

vivid with me throughout the years is the urgency of those early days

of 1961 before I was accustomed to the demands of this job -- the

time that it took -- as there was the necessity for making hundreds of

appointments and making hundreds of decisions that are necessary at
the initiation of any administration, associating with and getting the

ideas of members of the Legislature, forming a legislative program,

learning to correlate my activities with those of the members of the

Cabinet, forming the administrative organization here in the Governor's
office. The tremendous urgency of those days, the lack of time to do

the things that you wanted and needed to do -- this will be my most

vivid impression of 1961.

Q. What do you foresee for Florida in the year ahead?

GOVERNOR: I foresee a year so rosy and so filled with progress

that, in my opinion, it will be one of the outstanding -- indeed the

outstanding year of all the history of Florida. Our tourism industry

will hit its peak, our road-building program will hit its peak, our

industrial development program will hit its peak. I think the

population growth of Florida will go up again as it has in the past.

I believe that the revenues of the State of Florida -- that tax

revenues of Florida -- will hit new peaks. In all lines of endeavor

it seems to me that the State of Florida is going to make tremendous

progress. In the field of higher education we are going to have a

year that will set landmarks by which people all over the nation

will be guided for a long time to come, because we are setting out

now to do things that need to be done but that previously have not

been done in the field of higher education. I foresee a wonderful

year in 1962.


Q. Governor, what single event has pleased you the most in


GOVERNOR: If you can call it a single event, I suppose the

reception by the Legislature of the legislative program that we offered

has pleased me the most. When you consider that we asked them not to

pass any more taxes and to operate within revenues coming in from

existing taxes -- this is a difficult thing for a legislative group

to do. It is something that hasn't been done since the war, and I was

tremendously pleased. Then in almost every area of recommended

activities we cooperated and they did adopt our program. And I was

just so pleased that our relationship with the Legislature was as good

as it was.

Q. And what event caused you the most displeasure in the year?

GOVERNOR: Well, you may be a little surprised after having

heard me say that, but I think the thing that caused me the most

displeasure was the action of the Legislature in overriding my veto on

race track legislation. I sincerely believed then and I believe now

that Florida should not have any more legalized gambling -- that

legalized gambling should not be extended. I don't believe it is good

for the economy of the state. I don't believe it is good for the moral

life of the state. I don't believe it is good for the society of the

state. But those things aside, the Legislature overrode my veto and

this, of course, pained me a great deal and caused me a good deal of


Q. Very quickly, Governor, has the job been as enjoyable as

you thought it would be?

GOVERNOR: Oh, yes. This is a wonderful job. For anyone who

wants to do something this provides opportunities for action and

contributions unequaled anywhere in the world. It is a wonderful job

for any man to have.
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," 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."