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and Judges of the Supreme Court to take seats in the Assembly Chamber, during the delivery of the Governor's Message. The rules were suspended and the resolution adopted.

The Speaker appointed Messrs. Blackman, Elmore and Barnum as said Committee, on the part of the Assembly.

By Mr. Munn : J. Res. No. 2, A.,

Resolved, by the Assembly the Senate concurring, That the Sergeants-at-Arms of the Senate and Assembly be directed to furnish each newspaper published in this State with a copy of the daily proceedings of each body, and a copy of each bill ordered printed by either branch of the Legislature; also one copy of the Journal and Documents, and a copy of the reports of the State officers.

Resolved, That there be one hundred copies of the daily slips and bills printed for the use of the Sergeants-at-Arms, in addition to the number prescribed by the rules, and that the Superintendent of Public Property be directed to furnish them with the necessary postage stamps in order that they may comply with the requirements of these resolutions ;

Which lies over.

By Mr. Griswold : J. Res. No. 3, A.,

Resolved, by the Assembly the Senate concurring, That both bodies meet in joint convention in the Assembly Chomber at eleven o'clock, A. M., for the purpose of listening to the Governor's Message ;

Rules suspended and the resolution adopted.

By Mr. Elmore : Res. No. 3, A.,

Resolved, That the Superintendent of Public Property furnish of the reporters of the several papers necessary stationery;

Rules suspended and the resolution adopted.

By Mr. Griswold : Res. No. 4, A.,

Resolved, That the proper committees be requested to bring in the appropriation bills for the various public institutions of the State during the first ten days of the present session ;

Which lies over. Mr. Elmore moved that the Assembly take a recess of fifteen minutes ;

Which was agreed to.

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HALF PAST TEN. O'CLOCK.

Mr. Blackman, Chairman of Committee appointed under J. Res. No. 1, A., reported that the Governor would meet the Senate and Assembly in Joint Convention in the Assembly Chamber at 11 o'clock.

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE,
By John H. Warren, Esq., Chief Clerk.
MR. SPEAKER :

I am directed to inform you that the Senate has concurred in the passage of J. Res. No. 1, A.,

Providing for a Joint Committee to wait upon the Governor, and the President has appointed Senators Rodolf and A. I. Bennett, on the part of the Senate.

RESOLUTIONS INTRODUCED.
By Mr. Bouck:
Res. No. 5, A.,

Resolved, That the Superintendent of Public Property is hereby required to furnish each member of the Assembly with a copy of the Revised Statutes and of the General Laws of 1859, and take their receipts therefor, and that at the close of the session, each member be required to return the same to said Superintendent.

On motion of Mr. Bouck, the rules were suspended for the purpose of considering said resolution.

Mr. Humann moved to amend, by adding after the figures 1859, the words “and also a copy of Webster's Dictionary ;"

Which was not agreed to. Mr. Horn moved to amend by striking out of said resolution all after the figures "1859 ;"

Which was agreed to.
And the resolution as amended was adopted.

BILLS, &c.,
Introduced on leave, granted, read first and second times,
and referred.
By Mr. Elmore :

No. 1, A., a bill for an act to amend chapter 133 of the Revised Statutes, entitled “Of costs and fees;

To Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Bouck :

No. 2, A., a bill for an act to legalize certain publications in proceedings at law and equity;

To Committee on Judiciary. By Mr. Fairchild :

No. 3, A., a bill for an act to authorize the Sauk City Bank and the Wisconsin Bank of Madison to reduce their capital ;

To Committee on Banks and Banking, By Mr. Neville :

No. 4, A., a bill for an act to authorize the Northern Bank to reduce its capital stock ;

To Committee on Banks and Banking.
On motion of Mr. Bartlett,
The Assembly took a recess until 11 o'clock, A. M.

11 O'CLOCK, A. M. Mr. Boyd moved that a committee of three be appointed to inform the Senate that the Assembly were ready to receive them in Joint Convention ;

Which was agreed to.

The Speaker appointed Messrs. Boyd, Bartlett and Judd as said committee, who retired from the Assembly Chamber, and on their return reported that they had performed that duty.

JOINT CONVENTION.

The Honorable the Senate of the State of Wisconsin were announced by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and took their places in the Assembly Chamber.

Hön. B. G. Noble, Lieutenant Governor of the State, called the Joint Convention to order.

Mr. IIolton moved that a committee of three be appointed to wait upon the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are in Joint Convention, ready to receive any Message he may have to deliver ;

Which motion prevailed.

The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Holton and Palmer and Senator Bennett.

The Governor and State Officers were then announced by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and duly received by the Joint Convention.

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.

The Governor then read his Annual Message, as follows: Gentlemen of the Senate and Assembly:

The difficulties and embarrassments under which the State has labored for some years have been outgrown.

The Report of the State Treasurer for the fiscal year ending on the 30th day of September, 1859, shows a balance in the State Treasury at that time belonging to the general fund of $11,205 11.

Up to that time, after the receipt into the Treasury of the preceding State Tax, all demands upon the General Fund had been promptly paid on presentation. The State owes no floating debt. Since the first day of October all legal demands against the State have also been paid on presentation, and on the first day of January, 1860, there remained in the Treasury belonging to the General Fund the sum of $16,910 47 to meet any expenses that may arise.

There is a large demand made against the State by James Ross, State Printer, which has been audited by the Secretary of State, the legality and correctness of which is denied by the State Treasurer, and which, therefore, he refuses to pay.

The amount audited by the Secretary of State and paid to the State Printer during the past year, including $145 paid in December, 1858, is $38,341 97, of which all but $2,205 was from the General Fund. The amount audited and unpaid for reasons above stated is $38,762 16, of which $16,884 06 is claimed from the General Fund.

It is believed that the State Printer claims a large sum, for services performed by him as such printer, beyond what he is entitled to by his contract. The contract and the law should be closely scrutinized, and while there is a legal contract existing between Ross and the State, both parties should be held strictly to it. The aggregate receipts into the General Fund during the calendar year en«ling December 31st, 1859, were...

.$534,051 28 Aggregate disbursements for same time,

Of the amount expended, the sum of $176,875 65 was for Charitable Institutions, Capitol Extension, and State Prison. And the sum of $121,768 85 for various purposes, under

490,522 96

appropriations, certified accounts, &c., belonging previous to January 1, 1859.

Deducting this sum, to-wit: $301,644 50, from the aggregate expenditures of the year as above, we find the expenditures proper of carrying on the State Government, to have been $188,836 46.

The Secretary of State estimates in detail the expenditures to be defrayed from the General Fund of the State Treasury for the current year, showing each item thereof, and distinguishing between those which are provided for by permanent appropriations, and such as require appropriations at the present session of the Legislature: and showing also the resources which are applicable to defray such expenditures.

Assuming the estimates of expenditures and resources of the State as submitted by the Secretary to be correct, the indebtedness of the State at the end of the present fiscal year will be one thousand one hundred dollars and fifty cents. But the Secretary estimates as part of the expenditures, an appropriation of $15,000 to the State Prison to be made at the present session, when the amount required does not exceed $25,000.He also estimates the printing for this Legislature in English and Foreign languages at $45,000, while the amount ought not to exceed $25,000. If the taxes for A. D. 1859, are promptly paid into the State Treasury, and reasonable economy is exercised by the Legislature, all liabilities against the Treasury can be promptly met, and it is believed a surplus of thousands of dollars will remain in the Treasury at the end of the fiscal year. There being no old obligations hanging over the State for which the Treasury is now liable, it is believed that a State tax of the same amount as that authorized by the last Legislature, will be ample to meet all the wants of the State for the year ending September 30, 1861.

On the 30th of September last there was due from Counties on State tax of last year $66,494 14, which has since been

It is a subject of congratulation, that the finances of the State are in so sound a condition. Unlike most new States, Wisconsin has paid for her public improvements, such as the erection of prisons and charitable institutions, without creating a permanent State debt for such purposes. The expenses of our State government, and the amount of our State taxes levied and collected last year, as well as the amount required for the next year, are less than those of any other northern State out of New England, with a single exception.

It is the true policy of the State in the future, as it would have been in the past, “ to pay as it goes.” Liberal appropri

paid up.

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