Friday, July 19, 2002

Patton: Growth panel should seek funding

By The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton says he wants to keep the issue of “smart growth” alive for years beyond his administration.

        To that end, he challenged his Kentucky Progress Commission to cultivate enough private support to perpetuate itself, emulating another advocacy group, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

        “This is a 20-year process. We need you all to be advocates,” Mr. Patton told commission members Thursday.

        The commission should embark on “a long-term mission to advocate for a better environment, a better business climate, a better quality of life in Kentucky,” Mr. Patton said.

        The commission was created in conjunction with “smart growth” legislation Mr. Patton proposed but which the 2002 General Assembly declined to enact.

        Mr. Patton wanted to use financial incentives to encourage local land-use planning and property restoration.

        Mr. Patton said his work on planned growth, and a conviction that smart planning can lower the cost of living, prompted him to alter a goal he stated upon taking office in 1995: to raise Kentucky's per capita income to the national average in 20 years.

        “Per capita income alone is not the only measure of quality of life,” Mr. Patton said. “The environment that we live in is very critical to the quality of life, and the cost of living is a very important corollary to per capita income.”


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