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| THE MESSAGE THAT MADE THE SOLDNS BEHAVE Routed, scattered, beaten, the Re publican machine in the house and j senate which under the cloak of good roads enthusiasm tried to foist on the taxpayers of Washington the most ex travagant, most expensive bieniiiiini ' in the state's history, fighting, swear- j itig blistering mad as they are, were] driven helterskelter. disrupted, dis- j organized and demoralized, last Sat-1 urday when Governor Lister threw the gaumlet directly In their facts and j called a halt to their wastefulness. He had done something no other gov ernor of Washington had ever done J when lie appeared before them to de liver a special message In person and to call their attention to the unwar ranted total of their proposed expendi tures. and he had done something, too, no other man in the state had dared to do: he had faced the machine leaders in public, exposed their schemes and the methods they were employing to put them over and declared lie would not be a party to them. Like a whirlwind he swept them aside with an unanswerable argument, an argument that none of the house and senate leaders attempted to an swer in their explanations, and with a spontaneous outburst the people who crowded the senate chamber cheered him until It rang and re-rang and he was forced to stop until it subsided. They were with him, heart, body and soul, with him and they hesitated not to show it, for he it was and he alone who stood between them and the crowd of legislators who proposed expendi tures that would have doubled the tax rate and they cheered him so there would be no mistaking where they stood. Here is the message that did it: "To the Honorable, the Senate of the State of Washington: "Gentlemen:— "I herewith return senate bill No. 459 without my approval. This bill provides for a levy of one and one half mills for the year 1914 and one mill for each succeeding year for the purpose of raising revenue to construct and repairs highways and bridges and provides that the revenue so raised shall be placed in the public highway fund. On February 24th, I vetoed house bill No. 839,. being a bill passed by your honorable body covering the same matter. The difference between the bill vetoed on that date and this one being, that the one I am herewith returning provides for a levy of one mill each year after 1914. In vetoing the former bill 1 called attention to the fact that the levy then provided would produce a revenue of approxi mately $1,500,000.00 per annum. I also suggested that a levy of one mill for the public highway fund would bo an amount you would be Justified in con sidering favorably In my opinion. "I have held this bill for five days and have endeavored to secure all in formation possible that would assist me In reaching the proper decision. The legislative session has now reach ed a point where It becomes possible to figure on the probable appropriar tlons for the aesslon. I find that bills have already passed both houses of the legislature making appropriations amounting to approximately $17,700,- 000.00. In these figures I do not In clude the bond Issue for the capltol building fund nor do I Include the ap propriation of $4,000,000.00 which Is necessary for the purpose of providing for the disbursements from the fund collected by the industrial insurance [The Washington Standard Has Made Arrangements with "THE COMMONER" and the " Thrice-a r Week World so it can give all three papers FREE FOR ONE YEAR to every member of the new f Thurston County Democratic Organization The membership fee in the organization is $2 a year. Don't you want to join? NEW MEM BERS ARE COMING IN EVERY DAY. YOU OUGHT TO BE ONE OF THEM. SEND US YOUR NAME—WE'LL DO THE REST. department. The appropriations made include tlie following: Legislature $91,000.00 Legislative printing 15.000.00 Jute for penitentiary.... 151,000.00 Fisli hatcheries 16,000.00 In'ercst on WYnatchee bonds 10,500.00 Mansion maintenance . 750.00 Lewis and Skagit 'triages 57.519.00 Industrial insurance coin mission 5,000.00 Budget ($896,050.00 ve toed) 9,351,000.00 Highway department .... 500.00 Insurance commissioner . 500.00 Cheney normal school (vetoed) 300,000.00 State highway levy (ve toed) 2,500,000.00 Grade crossings 25,000.00 Purchase university grounds 51,000.00 Clarkston-Lewiston bridge 30,000.00 Vancouver bridge 500,000.10 Fend Oreille bridge 50,000.00 North Yakima armory ... 75,000.00 Palouse project 10,000.00 Permanent highways.... 4,250,000.00 Southwest Washington fair 12,000.0 $17,700,099.00 "There is still pending before the legislature bills carrying appropria tions, the funds of which will have to be raised by general taxation amount ing to approximately $1,000,000.00, also an additional budget, the total amount of which will probably exceed $75.- 000.00, making a total of approximate slß,Boo,ooo.oo. In making the above estimate I have not Included some hills regarding the probability of the pas sage of which I am not informed. "From the above figures it would ap pear that the appropriations made dur ing the present, session of the legisla ture will amount to close to $20,000,- 000.00 without including the appropria tion for the industrial insurance de partment or the bond issue for state capitol buildings of $4,000,000.00 which bonds are to be a lien against the cap itol building lands. "The estimated receipts to the gen eral fund for the next biennium, based on the present general fund levy of 1.23 mills, and including the re ceipts from the sale of grain bags, li censes and fees collected by the dif ferent departments of the state govern ment, will amount to approximately $8,000,000.00. In arriving at this amount I have allowed for an increase of $1,000,000.00 over and above the receipts from the same sources during the last biennium. Appropriations have already been made from the gen eral fund amounting to approximately $10,800,000.00. In addition to the ap propriation already made from the gen eral fund, we still find a long list of probable appropriations pending. The only way in which the difference be tween the $8,000,000.00 estimated re ceipts and the expenditures from the general fund which It is shown will exceed $11,000,000.00 by including measures now pending, will be by a di rect tax on the people for general fund purposes. By referring to section 9212 of Remington ft Ballinger's Code it can be seen that the levy for general fund appropriations is limited to three mills. This would allow for an addi tional levy ot 1.77 mills for this fund. The figures above given clearly indi cate that even by placing this levy to the fullest limit allowed by law we would not then raise sufficient revenue to meet the appropriations made. This brings up the question as to whether ot not it is the Intention of the present legislature not only to levy a tax to the full limit allowed by law, but to be under the necessity of passing a new law increasing the tax levy limit now provided for or face a still larger overdraft in the general fund than now exists. "On January 15th, the day I assumed THE WASHINGTON' ST.'NDARD, MARCH 14, 1013 the duties of my office, the overdraft in the general fund was $450,555.24. Since , that time the revenues have not been | stiffs ient to take care of the disburse-i men.s and at the close of business; March 7th, which was yesterday, the oie; draft amounted to $798,832.75. This! presents to the legislature a condition that it appears to nte, is of vital im-i portative to every taxpayer and prop erty owner in the state of Washington and you as the representatives of the people of the state must face this con dition, meet it fairly, and decide be tween this day and next Thursday tight whether or not you intend to go before the people with a record of not only having expended all funds that can possibly be available under ex isting laws, but be under the grave ne cessity of still further increasing the tax levy on an already overburdened people. "Following along tliis same line I further desire to call your attention to tlie changes in levies that are proposed in road matters. The bill I am here with returning with my veto provides for an additional levy of one mill amounting to approximately $1,000,- 000.00 during the year 1914. The levy proposed by the legislature, a bill cov ering which lias already passpfl tlie house, provides for an additional levy for the permanent highway fund of one and one-half mills or approximate ly $1,500,000.00 per annum. In the two road levies this would amount to an increase for these two funds of ap proximately $2,500,000.00 in the year 1914 over and above levies now exist j ing. It: is well to call your attention to j the fact that a bill has passed the legis i lature providing for an additional one ; quarter mill levy for the years 1914 and 1915 to raise $500,000.00 to cover the state's proportion of the cost of the construction of a bridge across the Columbia river at Vancouver. This adds another $250,000.00 per annum to I the general taxes for the years 1914 and 1915. In making these figures I have not added the bonds provided for to pay the state's proportion of the con struction of a bridge across the Pend Oreille river at Newport nor the bonds to pay for the state's proportion of the cost of a bridge between Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho, those two items aggregating $80,000.00. By cheeking over these figures you will see that it will be necessary to raise by direct taxation, in addition to the amount raised under present levies, an amount in excess of $4,000,000.00 per annum or a total of over $8,000,- 000.00 for a biennial period for road purposes. "I am of the opinion that the people of the state of Washington are not in condition financially to stand this enormous increase of taxes at this time. It is well to say that we live in a progressive state. There is not one of us that does not desire to see the state of Washington advance, but in this connection I desire 10 call your attention to the fact that the strongest handicap that the state of Washington has in the matter of development is the excessive burden of taxation under which we are laboring at the present time. If this condition exists un der the present rate of taxation think of the still further handicap it will be to the proper growth and development of the state should we more than double the present rate of state taxation. "In this connection also I cannot re frain from calling your attention to the fact that a large majority of the members of your honorable body were elected on pledges of economy. As Is shown by the figures I have quoted, this legislature has already provided for the appropriation of more money than any other legislature in the his tory of the state of Washington. If any considerable number of the bills carrying appropriations yet to be act ed upon by your honorable body, are passed, it will probably be many years before another legislature will equal this one in that respect. "In tjie parliamentary struggles that naturally take place in a body of this kind and the personal feelings of in dividual members that are developed during the session .there is a great danger that the interests of the citi zens of the state will be overlooked and it seems to me that with such tremen dous appropriations for the coming bi ennium facing us we should all pause and consider the situation most earn estly. "While my own best judgment leads me to the conclusion that a levy of one mill for the state highway fund is suf ficient I stated publicly a few days ago that I would be willing to sign a bill providing a levy of one and one-fourth mills for one year and one mill there after. I hoped by this suggestion to induce the members of the legislature to act together in the interests of the whole state rather than of the partic ular communities. "The state of Washington proudly boasts of a larger number of small home owners than any state in the Union in proportion to its population. Is it not well to remember that in a great many instances these homes have been purchased by the toilers of the state by paying a small amount down, the balance being paid by them in monthly installments? During the past three or four years conditions have been such that it has been a heavy burden upon these people to make the necessary payments and also pay the taxes covering their property. No element in the development of the state is more desirable than this class of citizens. What will be the result to these people if this legislature more than doubles the amount of taxes rais ed for state purposes? "We have also In the state a large number of farmers who have settled on the lands of the state and are en deavoring to assist in its development by the cultivation of the land. They are affected in exactly the same man ner as is the small home owner above referred to. It is well for the legisla ture to consider that these citizens cannot afford to come to the capitol to impress upon the members of the legis lature the necessity for keeping down appropriations to the lowest possible point consistent with the proper man agement of the affairs of the state. Shall ,ve say that they are not entitled to exactly the same consideration that they would receive were it possible for them to come and present their side of this matter to your honorable body? I am ready to say that in nty opinion it' is your duty and my duty to guard I their interests even more carefully, as \ a result of their inability to present , their side of the question to you. "In submitting this message to the legislature I do so with a full realiza tion of the fact that there are members' here who will now endeavor to go be- : fore the public and say that the govern or of the state of Washington must be; held accountable if there is no road j legislation during the present session.; Replying to that, I desire to say that I j have noticed during the present session j it has been possible for this legislature, to pass bills in both houses and have them presented to the governor of the state for his consideration within a period of six hours. Are you going to take the position that on account of this veto being presented to you that your ability to do what has already been done has ceased to exist? "1 desire at this time to put the mat ter squarely before you. If the person al interest of certain members of this body are laid aside and each member of the legislature will do his and her duty in an endeavor to consider this matter from the standpoint of the in terests of the people of the entire state it can and will he settled before the legislature adjourns next Thursday night. After having the record for rapid passing of bills, the legislature cannot stand in the position of saying that they do not have sufficient time for the consideration of this matter. Forget personal desires and prejudices, handle this matter honestly and earn estly in an endeavor to arrive at an agreement and when your honorable body adjourns on next Thursday night you will, without doubt, be able to go before the people of the state and say that the real work in behalf of the good roads movement of the state lias been started by you and in a manner that will not load upon the tax payers of the state a burden that at this time they can ill afford to carry. "It has been said that, certain pledges have been made by members of the leg islature which tie their hands to the program followed in the hills just passed by this body. If this be the case, has not the time arrived when such pledges made by members of the leg islature, to other members should be reconsidered and as a result of this re consideration arrive at a decision that will best serve the interests of the state at large? "For the reasons above given this bill is vetoed. In conclusion I sincere ly hope that you will give this matter careful consideration and decide upon a plan that will not only result in great benefit to our road system but will also bring about this result without con fiscation of property as a result of ex cessive taxation." • • • • Leaving his typewritten message at one point the governor broke forth into that militant fighting spirit which carried him through the campaign and, referring to the incident of last Friday night when the house leaders tried to force their way Into the execu tive mansion to present him with the road appropriation bill based on the IV6 mill levy, he vehemently declared amid cheers: "It occurs to me that a great deal has been said about the occurrences of last night and I desire to state the facts as they exist. Last night the of fice of the governor of the state of Washington was open until 5:20 o'clock. At that time I, with my fam ily, took an auto trip and returned to the residence at 6:30. At nb time since the opening of this session of the leg islature has any bill been presented to that office by the legislature later than 5 o'clock, and I find that attempts were made last evening to present to me some certain measure, and speak ing of that particular measure I wish to call the attention of some of the members of the legislature to the fact that the governor has pleaded with both houses of the legislature to pre sent that bill to him before the time came when I would have an opportun ity to veto it if I desired, and yet that bill was held up for the purpose of endeavoring to make trades in the house that would get sufflck-nt votes to pass that bill over the governor's veto. I want to ask this question. Is the governor of the state of Washing ton presumed to stay in his office at all hours of the day and night, waiting for the culmination of a deal, so that a bill can be passed over his veto as a result of that kind of trades and deals? "I am ready to say today that the state of Washington has a governor who will not lend p hand to that kind of deal. '"I find that a certain member of the lower house of this legislature, accom panied by certain officials of that house, called at the residence last even ing while I was there and endeavored to see the governor. I was busy, as I have stated, in the preparation of this message I am now reading to you, and the information was given that I was busy. The wife of the governor stated to that member of the legislature that the governor was busy. He said. 'Do I understand that the governor of the state has refused- to see me?' Mrs. Lister said in reply that the governor was busy and could see no one. What do you think of this effort to put words in the mouth of a woman that were never stated? I want to say this right now, that if any gang of ruf fians, hoodlums or window tommies can go to the residence of the governor, because it it is a public building, any time of the day or night to compel him to be seen I am ready to leave that residence and move to a private house where I can at least during the nights have a few hours of privacy that every public citizen is entitled to. That is all I have to say about the matter." Again we of Olympia are at peace with the world. And Easter is almost here. Can't you hear the rabbits fig uring Gaby Deslys charges a man from S2OO to SSOO to take her out to dinner. Her company may be worth it but we'd rather have rolls and coffee. F. H. SCOTT C. A. MARSHALL Scott's Grocery DEALERS IN Higli Grade Groceries Flour, Feed, Hay, Wheat, Oats, &c. HIGHEST PRICES PAID FOR FARMERS' PRODUCE 329 Fourth St. Telephone Main 171 Local Conditions An accurate knowledge of local conditions facili tates the transactions between this bank and its cus tomers. 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TAYLOR 314 E. 4th St. Phone 379 •!* *l* 4* -1* *l* •!« -J* ❖ OI,D PARTV STILL SANE. * •> When the Republican leaders ❖ ❖ were trying to tell why, when * *> Murphine jumped in and grab- •> ❖ bed a little flurry for the Bull ❖ ❖ Moosers, Representative -I --❖ Hughes, the Democratic floor ❖ leader, also arose in the "ex ❖ perience meeting" in the house ❖ ❖ last Saturday afternoon and ❖ ❖ spoke for his colleagues in this ❖ ❖ wise: "References have been ❖ ❖ made to the Democratic party «5» ❖ during the day, still, the old ❖ ❖ party is safe and sound. We ♦> ❖ believe that safe, sane and con- ❖ ❖ siderate legislation is the result •> ❖ of wise, cool and deliberate com- ❖ ❖ promise. Some men may be- ❖ ❖ come hot under the collar, but ❖ ❖ the old party is always cool. ❖ ❖ Now the question is, realising 6- ❖ the purpose of legislation that ❖ the only way of getting there is ❖ ❖ the means of quiet, cool com .promise, I still maintain the ❖ •> Democratic party has been go- * ❖ ing on that theory, and saying ❖ to every member here. 'Come, ❖ ❖ let us reason together.' That ❖ ❖ has been our theory. ❖ "We have had our confer- ❖ ❖ ences; we have had our cau- <* ❖ cuses; we were a minority when ❖ ❖ we came here; we are still in <• ❖ the minority, but we have been ❖ ❖ endeavoring to smooth out the ❖ ❖ wrinkles to pave the way for a ❖ ❖ considerable piece of legislation ❖ ❖ by this legislature; throughout * ❖ that has been our motive. We ♦> ❖ have met the leaders on the one * side and we have met the gov- ❖ ❖ ernor on the other. The gov ❖ ernor did not at any moment ❖ ❖ or at any time suggest any ❖ trades. We approached him ❖ ❖ this way, not asking for his aid ❖ ❖ on a single thing. We have •> ❖ gone so far at times as to sug- •}• ❖ gest that in the wisdom of the ❖ ❖ party he do certain things. •> ❖ That was as far as we could go. -I* ❖ We have been endeavoring to *> ❖ make it possible to have the * ❖ parties come together with the ❖ ❖ executive department. That •> ❖ is the position of the Demo- 4* ❖ cratic party at this time." ♦> Taylor, McArdle and Sims, these three—shall we ever welcome them again? "I cannot concede that this is a Lis ter victory," remarked Speaker Tay lor anent the outcome of the road levy fight. Did anybody ask Mr. Taylor to concede? Such a question would have been irrelevant, incompetent, and en tirely superfluous. ❖* , XX-X~X~X--X-<~X"X~X~X"X~X-- iTIIB g Kneeland Cafe I I You Arc Cordially Invited to »!♦ Come Here for a i» VvvwY C\<VMN | t MH. AND MRS. H. C. RANFT X X Proprietor* Y \ $ r-X-X"X"X»-X~X"X"X"X~X"X"X"fr I Oiyntpia Packing Co. I I JOS. 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