Governor Lehman Urges Beer Sales Tax; Relief Measures, Labor Legislation

Governor Herbert H. Lehman delivered his first message to the New York State Legislature as the Chief Executive of the State, yesterday, before a joint meeting of the Senate and the Assembly.

The message, devoid of partisanship, was favorably received and stressed the need for co-operation in meeting the crisis in the State; urged making utilities bear the major share of State regulation cost; more rigid control of holding companies; and a halt in State aid.

Expressing the view that the United States Congress would before the end of the year enact some measures to modify the present prohibition laws, Governor Lehman urged the State to be prepared for such legislation and prepare for setting up machinery for the sale of beer and for the collection of incidental revenue on the sale of beer.

Governor Lehman pleaded for slow and orderly process in rebuilding the economic structure.

The State must apply to the Federal Government for aid in relief, as the State is no longer able to carry the burden even though aided by benevolent private effort.

He warned against placing on the shoulders of any one class heavy burdens for the benefit of the other class, declaring that “benefits cannot be conferred on one to the detriment of others.”

As a means of meeting the unemployment situation, Governor Lehman recommended a shorter working week and preparatory work by the Legislature to establish unemployment insurance.

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