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correspondent, speaking of the platform agreed
upon by tho house democratic caucus. 'It could
not have been hotter. The beauty of it is that
tho matters which the democrats have decided
to push through are those previously settled
upon by tho party.' "
INCOME TAX IN NEW JERSEY
Governor Wilson's Income tax message to the
Now Jersey legislature follows:
"Executive Department, Tronton, N. J., March
20, 1911 To tho legislature: I take the liberty
of calling your attention to a very important
matter awaiting your decision tho question of
tho ratification of tho proposed amendment to
tho constitution of the "United States which gives
to the federal congress the right to impose an
income tax. Liberal opinion throughout the
country clearly expects and demands the ratifi
cation of this amendment.
"It will undoubtedly be an act of great
liberality on tho part of the Btates to concede it.
There will thereby be sharing with the fedoral
government one of the few powers of taxation
which, under the latest decision of the supreme
court of the United States in that matter, they
may now regard themselves as entitled to
exercise to a certain oxtont, exclusively, but it is
clearly in the interest of tho national life that
the power should be conceded. It will free the
government of tho United States to put its fiscal
policy upon a more enlightened, a much more
modern, a much more elastic basis than it now
rests upon, or apparently can rest upon so
long as this power is withheld. If this power be
granted, the general government may adapt its
whole system of taxation to the actual economic
life of the country much more favorably than it
Ib now adapted. It may make it more just and
may adjust it moro nicely to tho interests of
the peoplo at large.
"May I not urge it upon you as earnestly as
respectful, the prompt adoption of this exceed
ingly important amendment, that New Jersey
may be put among the number of those states
which do not prefer their own interests to those
Of the nation at large. Respectfully,
"WOODROW WILSON. Governor."
Following Is Governor Wilson's second mes
sage to the legislature on the income tax:
"April 4, 1911. To tho President of the
Senate: I trust that I may, with perfect respect,
call attention of tho senate to the resolution
passed unanimously by tho house of assembly
ratifying the proposed amendment to tho con
stitution of the United States, which confers
upon congress the right to lay taxes upon In
comes. "This amendment haB no partisan color what
ever. It was suggested by a republican presi-
dent and passed by a congress of which botti
houses wore republican; but It received tho cor
dial support of democrats in both chambers of
the fedoral congress, and has been endorsed oy
tho national platforms of both of the great
political parties of the country. It seems
clearly sustained by tho public opinion of tho
nation. Our house of assembly has agreed to
it without a single dissenting voice.
"It is a matter of great consequence to tho
futuro policy of tho government of the United
States that this amendment should receive the
sanction of the states. A large majority of them
havo already ratified it. The state of Maine has
just reversed her former action and accepted
It. Now Jersey should forego all considera
tions of self-interest and confirm it, to enhance
her credit as a progressive and patriotic com
monwealth, to further the right of adjustment of
the burdens of taxation, to enable the federal
government to liberalize its financial policy
without loss or embrassassment and to consoli
date tho Interests of state and nation upon a
real reciprocal footing. One decision of the su
premo court of the United States, based upon
erroneous economic reasoning, has made this
amendment necessary. Tho powers of the
federal government in this important matter
should be restored to their first Integrity.
"I take the liberty, therefore, with all. respect
and with the deepest earnestness, to urge upon
tho senate concurrence in the resolution now
sent up to it from the house. I am convinced
that tho honor of tho state would be greatjy
enhanced thereby. (Signed),
"WOODROW WILSON, Governor."
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