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GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE

AND

ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS

OF THE

STATE OF WISCONSIN,

FOR THE YEAR A. D. 1867.

BY AUTHORITY.

MADISON, WIS :
ATWOOD & RUBLEE, STATE PRINTERS, JOURNAL OFFICE.

1867.

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GOVERNORS MESSAGE,

DELIVERED BEFORE THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY JANUARY 10, 1867.

Gentlemen of the Senate and Assembly :

Let us first return thanks to Almighty God for the peace and prosperity He bas vouchsafed to us as a people during the year just closed.

I congratulate you on being the first legislative body ever convened in this State as the representatives of a people, all of whom, without regard to color, stand absolutely equal in political privileges ; and through you, I congratulate your constituents that the only stain which rested upon their suffrage laws has been forever erased.

It is your duty, as the immediate representatives of the people, to guard well their interests; to know in what manner those who have been chosen to administer the affairs of state have fulfilled their trusts; to know whether the public moneys have been expended in accordance with law, and with due economy, and to see that no abuses creep into the management of state affairs, innocently or otherwise. I therefore carnestly advise a critical examination by each member of your body of all the reports herewith submitted, which give a full, detailed statement of the business of the state in all its departments.

FINANCIAL.

The financial reports show that the receipts of the state treasury during the last year were...

$1,852,968 07 Balance in treasury 30th September, '65,.

234,490 45 Total disbursements during fiscal year.

1,874,993 27 Balance on hand September 30, 1866.

212,465 25

The receipts of the general fund during the year were :
Taxes....
Bank tax..
Insurance companies..
Railroads, license,
Insurance on Reform building.
All other sources....

$883,245 55

22,988 69 34,729 45 203,296 10 10,000 00 9,521 88

Total......

$1,163,781 67

The disbursements were :
Salaries and permanent appropriations....
Expenses of last legislature.
State prison and charitable institutions..
Publishing laws....
Capitol extension (south wing).
Clerk hire......

$63,014 63

82,420 18 250,926 15 10,628 30 20,360 94 17,710 76

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