For Release Upon Delivery About 12:00 Noon January 9, 1963
Governor Ernest F. Hollings
To the General Assembly of South Carolina
Wednesday, January 9> 1963
I'm very much at home here--and regret leaving you. This ends sixteen years in these Halls as Page, House Member, Speaker Pro Tempore, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor. The friendships, the experiences make me an oldtiiner. The wonderful advice, cooperation, and assistance you have given me will again and again give me new inspiration. Pat and I are genuinely grateful.
I wish the best for Governor Russell. In short time, he will make important decisions for our State. I have tried to prepare our people for these times. The State's institutions and all law enforcement agencies have been charged with their responsibilities. I know you will give Governor Russell the same fine cooperation you gave me. I gladly offer him my support.
The General Assembly, unfortunately, leads a life similar to a football referee. You are seldom noticed until you make a controversial decision. I have never served with men of more courage and resolve. You took a 23 million dollar deficit, and in four years turned it into a 19 million dollar surplus. Meanwhile, the counties have received 18 million dollars added assistance. For the first time in history South Carolina's credit rating is AAA. For the first time in decades the incoming Governor begins operating in the black.
You took an insurance mess and created a strong department. A penitentiary with inadequate provisions i s now being turned into a modern penal system. We have a securities law. The Attorney General of the United States says there is no organized crime in South Carolina. The law enforcement officers now have a reliable retirement fund. Long needed state office building facilities are being built. We lead the nation in TV education. A Nuclear Space Commission points forward. A Commission on Higher
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