Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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of revenue against state expenditures based upon various levels of expenditure.I realize that the responsibility for decision rests solely upon me and with this knowledge before me, I have on my independent judgment arrived at the following decision as to policy:As director of the budget:
1. Not to undertake the questionable policy of withholding a percentage of school teachers' and administrators' salaries.
2. Not to make for the present any further cut in the salaries and wages of the officials and employees of state departments and, institutions.
3. For the first two quarters of the present fiscal year to make allotments to the various departments and institutions on the basis of the present existing salary and wage scales, and as to expenditures for purposes other than salaries on the basis of strict and rigid economy, as during the past fiscal year--which is seventy per cent of legislative appropriations.
4. If conditions make it necessary to call the General Assembly into extraordinary session in November to balance the budget for the remainder of this fiscal year.

The reasons which impel me to this course of action are as follows: during the period since July 1, 1929, I have, as director of the budget, cut legislative appropriations each successive year in the following amounts: $1,450,000, $2,100,000 and $2,700,000, or a total of $6,250,000. In addition to the above executive cuts, it is recalled that I recommended to the 1931 General Assembly a flat ten per cent reduction in the salaries of all state officials and employees not protected by the Constitution or statute, and that this recommendation was accepted and resulted in an additional saving of $2,500,000 annually in the cost of salaries and wages. In other words, during the three years of this administration there has been a total saving to the taxpayers

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