Address of His Excellency John D. Long to the Two Branches of the Legislature of Massachusetts, January 6, 1881 (Google eBook)

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Rand, Every & Company, 1881 - 58 pages
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Page 48 - XXVIII. No person having served in the army or navy of the United States in time of war, and having been honorably discharged from such service, if otherwise qualified to vote, shall be disqualified therefor on account of receiving or having received aid from any city or town, or because of the non-payment of a poll tax.
Page 20 - While it is time to recognize that there is no spare money to be wasted in extravagant architecture and external appointments, on the other hand, when it comes to essentials, the last dollar to be economized in Massachusetts is that which gives the poorest public scholar free access to the best public education. You will not begrudge it when you see it shining back in his brightened face, or even in the speaking eye of a deaf-mute, to whom it has unlocked a new avenue of human intelligence and the...
Page 44 - Governor Long, of Massachusetts, in his message of January, 1881, says : . There is a growing demand, shared by men of all shades of theoretical opinion, . . . that just as far and as fast as possible the dram-shop should be rooted out, in the interest alike of good morals and of the material welfare of capital and labor. The bureau of statistics has, during the year, added to its admirable work by conducting an original inquiry into the causes of crime. It has made personal investigation in...
Page 3 - ADDRESS. Members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. I CALL your attention at once to the financial exhibit, the statistics of which, as well as those relating to other interests of the State, have been, as usual, furnished by the respective departments to which they relate. THE PUBLIC DEBT. The following is a statement of the amount and character of the funded debt : Aggregate debt Jan. 1, 1880 .... $33,020,464 It has been reduced by payments during the year as follows : Back...
Page 57 - Commonwealth can be promoted, there is your duty and mine. The public debt, but for the interest on which no general State tax would be necessary, must not be increased by a single dollar. With emphasis, too, let me now add, your influence should go to check all municipal indebtedness, to encourage its swift reduction, and to sustain the law for its limitation. Our total tax, which is mainly municipal, is more than three times what it was in 1861, though neither our total population nor valuation...
Page 45 - ... drawn. Of the 16,897 cases, more than seventy-two per cent were for the various grades of drunkenness ; and. in addition to these, more than twelve per cent were offences committed by persons under the influence of liquor, leaving only some fifteen per cent of crime to represent what would be about the total amount, but for the use of intoxicating liquors.
Page 7 - Exceptional expenses . . 4,523,461 30 4,040,687 66 $6,088,989 57 $5,603,400 64 The exceptional expenses of 1880 are in part due to the very increase of the receipts, $561,000 of said expenses being the excess of the corporation and national bank tax refunded in 1880 over the amount refunded in 1879 by the Commonwealth to its cities and towns. ESTIMATES FOR 1881. The estimates for the current year are based upon existing laws, and the expectation that the present business prosperity will continue....
Page 13 - ... of accommodation for them. More room for these must soon be made, but not perhaps necessarily at your session. I trust that, both as a matter of treatment and economy, some other plan will be adopted than that of erecting another costly hospital like the last. It is desirable that there should be a more intelligent classification of the insane, instead of herding them all together. I see no reason why, taking some of our State or county buildings, which I understand are available for the purpose,...
Page 5 - Fund," it will bo necessary during the present session of the legislature to make good the deficit occasioned by the failure of the Commonwealth to sell the State prison property at Charlestown. Chap. 391 of the Acts of 1874 provides that this property shall be sold, and the proceeds of the sale paid into the treasury as a contribution to that fund. It also provides, that, if the receipts of the fund do not in any fiscal year equal three per cent of the total amount of scrip issued, the difference...
Page 31 - ... $276,629 45 Add interest .... 709,627 78 Paid during the year . $986,257 23 RECEIPTS. From earnings . . . . $239,295 69 From rents, &c. ... 28,699 17 $267,994 86 Net payments in 1880 .... $718,262 37 COST OF THE TUNNEL. Net cost, Jan. 1, 1880 $19,523,57994 Add net payments in 1880 .... 718,262 37 Net cost Jan. 1, 1881 . . . . $20,241,84231 The year here referred to is the calendar year : while the manager's report covers, I take it, the railroad year, which ends Sept. 30. HARBORS AND PUBLIC LANDS....

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