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.
"A good starting point for those interested in late-twentieth-century Kentucky politics. It deserves a place on every Kentucky bookshelf." -- Filson History Quarterly
"Reflects the principal concerns of Jones's administration through speeches and press releases." -- Documentary Editing
"A useful resource for anyone interested in the main issues during his term as governor.... A valuable reference tool." -- Northern Kentucky Heritage
"Contains the essence of the legacy of Brereton C. Jones. It is indispensable to research libraries and all who would know it, while understanding the art of politics and the power of the spoken word." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Lincoln Ridge to many Kentuckians and to many African American Kentuckians has extra special meaning because it was an extraordinary place and a special educational place for students. Lincoln Ridge not only provided opportunities for individuals to grow academically, mentally and personally, it also offered opportunities for athletic achievements. If you are looking for some exciting reading with a historical basis that touched the lives of many Kentuckians, then Integrated is for you." -- Raymond M. Burse, Former President, Kentucky State University
"This book successfully captures the spirit, resilience, and history of Lincoln Institute. Miller tells an important story using race and sports as a lens for understanding a forgotten piece of Kentucky history." -- Dr. Gerald L. Smith, Theodore A. Hallam Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and co-author of The Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia