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The Public Papers of Governor Brereton C. Jones, 1991-1995

The Public Papers of Governor Brereton C. Jones, 1991-1995

Penny M. Miller Editor
Copyright Date: 2001
Pages: 640
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    The Public Papers of Governor Brereton C. Jones, 1991-1995
    Book Description:

    In his inaugural address, Governor Brereton C. Jones proclaimed, "This administration is committed to having the most positive, progressive, exciting four years in our state's history."

    Through speeches and press releases, this volume reflects the principal concerns of Jones's time in office. Thematically organized, the more than two hundred public statements included here present the public face of the Jones administration on such issues as health care, education, economic development, the environment, and governmental reform. Nowhere else has the full text of these speeches and press releases been printed.

    Governor Jones, born in 1939, was elected to the West Virginia legislature in 1964, where he served for four years before retiring from politics. After moving to Kentucky and switching allegiance from the Republican to the Democratic Party, he re-entered politics with a successful campaign to become lieutenant governor in 1987. He was elected the Commonwealth's fifty-fourth governor in 1991 by a record margin of nearly two to one.

    Jones initiated a number of reforms once in office. He turned a $400 million budget deficit into a $300 million surplus in four years, and he passed dramatic ethics reform in both the executive and legislative branches. Health-care issues were also of great importance to Jones, who spent the years before his election working with the Kentucky Health Care Access Foundation in addition to farming. After surviving a helicopter crash in 1992, he turned the main focus of his administration toward health-care reform and initiatives. Though he met with legislative opposition when he proposed universal health care for all Kentuckians, he did help pass legislation in 1994 that would serve as a solid beginning on the issue for future governors.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5689-7
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xviii)
  3. GENERAL EDITORS’ PREFACE
    (pp. xix-xx)
  4. EDITOR’S PREFACE
    (pp. xxi-xxiv)
    P.M.M.
  5. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF BRERETON C. JONES
    (pp. 1-12)

    Brereton Chandler Jones, born June 27, 1939, grew up on a prosperous dairy farm in the small West Virginia river community of Point Pleasant, which lies at the convergence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. The second son of Nedra Wilhelm Jones and E. Bartow Jones II, both from families with roots in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Brereton acquired from his father a work ethic and business sense and more. The elder Jones, a two-term state senator and successful businessman, a passionate, moralistic Christian, born and raised a Democrat, ran the local Republican Party in Mason County from the mid-1930s into...

  6. THE BRERETON C. JONES ADMINISTRATION December 10, 1991, to December 11, 1995
    (pp. 13-30)

    In 1991 voters elected Brereton Chandler Jones as Kentucky’s fiftyfourth governor by a record-setting margin of victory—almost two to one over his opponent, Republican Congressman Larry Hopkins.¹ The new governor came to Frankfort with the promise of a spirit of reconciliation and renewed cooperation between the governor’s office and the General Assembly, and between the governor and the media, at a time when public faith badly needed restoration.² The voters looked to the new governor for integrity and progress in Kentucky government and hoped he would provide clear leadership after two scandal-plagued administrations and the apparent breakdown of collegiality...

  7. INAUGURAL ADDRESS Frankfort / December 10, 1991
    (pp. 31-34)

    Let there be no doubt from the very beginning. Thanks to you, this is a new and different day in Kentucky. This administration is committed to having the most positive, progressive, exciting four years in our state’s history. When our term is finished, things will never again be the same in this Commonwealth.

    Recognizing that in 1992 we commemorate Kentucky's two-hundredth year of history with our bicentennial celebration,¹ I cannot help but think of all those fifty-three inaugural addresses that have preceded this one. Every new governor has certainly been filled with enthusiasm, probably convinced that his or her remarks...

  8. LEGISLATIVE MESSAGES AND STATEMENTS
    (pp. 35-114)
  9. HEALTH CARE
    (pp. 115-208)
  10. EDUCATION
    (pp. 209-262)
  11. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    (pp. 263-348)
  12. APPALACHIA
    (pp. 349-372)
  13. ENVIRONMENT
    (pp. 373-398)
  14. AGRICULTURE
    (pp. 399-420)
  15. HEALTH, WELFARE, AND PUBLIC SAFETY
    (pp. 421-434)
  16. CORRECTIONS, CRIME, AND THE LAW
    (pp. 435-442)
  17. STATE GOVERNMENT
    (pp. 443-470)
  18. TOURISM AND RECREATION
    (pp. 471-502)
  19. HORSE TOURISM
    (pp. 503-508)
  20. DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER AND POLITICS
    (pp. 509-548)
  21. APPENDIX A Timeline of Some Important Events of the Brereton C. Jones Administration
    (pp. 549-554)
  22. APPENDIX B Calendar of Governor Jones’s Speeches
    (pp. 555-586)
  23. INDEX
    (pp. 587-614)