Messages Containing Recommendations on Various Subjects
January 9, 1923.
To the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:
I am addressing you today in pursuance of a provision of
the constitution of Ohio, which, in Article 3, Section 7, says;
"The governor of Ohio shall communicate, by message, to
the General Assembly, the condition of the state, and recommend
such measures as he shall deem expedient."
In obedience to this constitutional comrnand I have some
policies to recommend but none to enforce against the will of the
people. Laws that you enact are to govern all alike — those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know of no more
effectual method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws
than by their stringent enforcement. In my opinion there is today
a far greater need for honest enforcement of existing law than
there is for new legislation.
At the end of two years each of us must return to the ranks
of the people who have conferred upon us our honors and
responsibilities and account to them for our stewardship. Let us
keep this in mind at all times so that we may return to our constituencies without apology but with a record of honest accomplishment.
I submit herewith statement showing cash in the state treasury, all funds (excepting auto registration to be distributed to
various taxing districts) and anticipated receipts to June 30, 1923,
also obligations to be paid from cash balances and estimated
receipts for the same period.