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WHORM - State Governments (ST)

(4.4 linear feet; boxes 1-11)

A primary subject category containing information concerning the organization of state and territory agencies (including possessions, commonwealths, and trust territories), departments, offices and commissions, their organization, reorganization, functions, and responsibilities. This category should also be used for topics such as states rights, state legislative matters, federal-state relations, reports, statistics, and state flags.

DESCRIPTION OF SECONDARY FILE CODES

ST State Governments (.4 ft.; boxes 1-2)

A secondary subject category containing materials relating to Presidential remarks given to groups such as the National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Attorneys General, American Legislative Exchange Council, and republican governors. In these speeches Bush emphasizes familiar themes like states acting as laboratories, "individual empowerment," economic reform, the war against drugs, and a possible capital gains tax cut. Topics covered in lesser detail include term limits, the Governors' Ethanol Coalition, state technology programs, the Governors' Commission for the Family, and the Model State Volunteer Service Act.

ST001 Alabama (.1 ft.; box 2)

A secondary subject category containing materials relating to the Alabama political scene (i.e. the 1990 Governor's race), the state's difficulties with one of its programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), and requests for emergency assistance in the wake of tornadoes.

ST002 Alaska (.1 ft.; box 2)

A secondary subject category containing materials relating to the development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the fishing industry in the state, whether or not to give the Governor the authority to export Alaska North Slope Crude Oil, and the necessity of creating an EPA regional office in Alaska to put into effect the one percent wetlands rule.

ST003 Arizona (.1 ft.; box 2)

A secondary subject category containing a letter from Governor Rose Mofford discussing issues and problems of great interest in Arizona (a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the economy, the environment, etc.), the Arizona Student Assessment Program, and the possibility of extending the demonstration status of the state's Medicaid program.

ST004 Arkansas (.1 ft.; box 2)

A secondary subject category containing information on the Upper Arkansas Initiative, particularly the EPA's use of funds to hold the "Upper Arkansas Jamboree." The correspondent does not want his tax dollars used to hire a public relations firm to promote the image of the EPA.

ST005 California (.1 ft.; boxes 2-3)

A secondary subject category containing information on offshore oil drilling, California's Proposition 65 (providing for warning requirements on foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other medical devices), bio-fuel technology, resistance to state tax measures, and issues of great significance to the state's farmers (NAFTA, immigration reform, federal assistance in water development, etc.)

ST006 Colorado (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing materials relating to the Upper Colorado River Commission.

ST007 Connecticut (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on the 50th anniversary plans of the Connecticut Sports Alliance (Bush to receive the Gold Key Award) and a proposal submitted to the FDIC to help strengthen Connecticut banks.

ST008 Delaware (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on a possible scandal involving the Delaware River Toll Bridge Commission and one constituent's complaints concerning the state's court system.

ST009 Florida (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on efforts to clean up Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew and a letter from Governor Lawton Chiles explaining that the federal government is responsible for buying back 73 leases off the coast of southwestern Florida.

ST010 Georgia (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on attempts by Senator Sam Nunn to obtain federal disaster relief for several counties in Georgia hit by tornadoes.

ST011 Hawaii (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on President Bush's participation in the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii's extreme vulnerability to the disruption of its petroleum supplies, highlights of the Hawaiian Congressional primary (1992), the devastation caused by Hurricane Iniki on the island of Kauai, and pleas by a nativist group for President Bush to restore Hawaii to its former status as a sovereign, independent nation.

ST012 Idaho (.1 ft.; box 3)

A secondary subject category containing information on natural resource payments and their impact on Idaho counties for the 1989 fiscal year.

ST013 Illinois (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on a request by Senator Alan Dixon to have President Bush meet with the Illinois State Chapter of Sister Cities International during a visit by the group to Washington, D.C., and a letter sent by Representative Lynn Martin to Governor John Sununu concerning fund raising.

ST014 Indiana (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on H.R. 1216, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Enhancement Act. This piece of legislation alters the boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and authorizes appropriations for land acquisition and development.

ST015 Iowa (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on H.J. Res. 379, Commending the Citizens of the Sioux City, Iowa, Tri-State Area (for their heroic actions in helping victims of United Airlines Flight 232 on 7/19/89), an request by Senator Tom Harkin to get President Bush to expedite Governor Terry Branstad's request for emergency assistance in the wake of severe storms that have hit parts of Iowa, and a letter discussing how President Bush and the Republican Party can win back the Senate seat currently held by Harkin in the 1990 election.

ST016 Kansas (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on Governor Mike Hayden and his order granting special benefits for Kansas state employees who volunteered for or were called to active military service with the National Guard.

ST017 Kentucky (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on an appearance by President Bush in Kentucky.

ST018 Louisiana (.2 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the clean up efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, a dispute involving the establishment of the Port of South Louisiana, the reporting of trade statistics, and the formation of an ad hoc committee to advise and assist President Bush on matters concerning state patronage.

ST019 Maine (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on work done by the State of Maine Task Force on Affordable Housing and S. 1756, the Maine Acadian Culture Preservation Act. This bill provides for the establishment of a center for the preservation and interpretation of Acadian culture in Maine.

ST020 Maryland (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the future of public education in Maryland, the planting of trees and seedlings all over the state (i.e. Tree-Mendous Maryland Program), Maryland's possible participation in the Rural Development Initiative, and an offer from Governor Donald Schaefer for Maryland's Emergency Response Team to go to the Persian Gulf and help control oil pollution caused by Iraq.

ST021 Massachusetts (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the economic miracle performed in the state by Governor William Weld (1992) and possible budget difficulties faced by Massachusetts (1989).

ST022 Michigan (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the effort to convince President Bush to bring to an end a proposal to build a confined toxic disposal facility in Portsmouth Township.

ST023 Minnesota (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the state's open enrollment program (championed by President Bush ) and the retirement of Daniel F. Foley from the regular court bench of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

ST024 Mississippi (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on a request by Representative Gillespie V. Montgomery for the White House to arrange a special ceremony honoring the one millionth participant in his G.I. Bill Program, a warning for President Bush to avoid Governor Kirk Fordice because of his bad environmental record, and efforts by Montgomery to obtain federal disaster assistance for several counties in the state in the aftermath of torrential rains and tornadoes.

ST025 Missouri (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the state's drug control strategy containing materials relating to the state's drug control strategy and Governor John Ashcroft's designation of the Missouri Department of Economic Development as the lead agency for community service in the state.

ST026 Montana (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on Presidential remarks given at the Five-State Conference in Helena, Montana on 18 September 1989 and the decision of state Attorney General Marc Racicot not to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1990.

ST027 Nebraska (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on an assertion (in a telegram) that contrary to appearances, Nebraska supports President Bush.

ST028 Nevada (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on a reappointment to the Pacific Salmon Commission, and claims by the Western Shoshone National Council to large areas of land in Nevada.

ST029 New Hampshire (.1 ft.; box 4)

A secondary subject category containing information on the dismal economic situation in the state, the closing of Pease Air Force Base and Portsmouth Naval Yard, the introduction of legislation under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program to study segments of the Merrimack and Pemigewasset Rivers, and the possibility of Louis Bergeron, a prominent politician in New Hampshire, switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

ST030 New Jersey (.1 ft.; box 5)

A secondary subject category containing information on a possible state law denying AFDC-dependent women welfare benefits for any child born while the woman is on welfare, the support of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation for 2 million in reimbursement for a disproportionate share of Medicaid payment claims, and appreciation expressed by the President's nephew, John M. Walker, Jr., for the chief Executive inviting him and his wife to a White House dinner.

ST031 New Mexico (.1 ft.; box 5)

A secondary subject category containing information on crime in the state, H.R. 5796 the New Mexico Public Lands Wilderness Act, conducting certain studies in New Mexico (authorizes the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to undertake environmental and other studies in the state), and a briefing given President Bush on important issues concerning New Mexico.

ST032 New York (.1 ft.; box 5)

A secondary subject category containing information on a critique of Governor Mario Cuomo's budget plan by CHANGE-NY, a proposal by Benjamin Gilman and other Republican members of the New York Congressional Delegation that President Bush make a "Whistle Stop Tour" through their districts in the Hudson Valley in conjunction with the 1992 campaign, Senator Alfonse D'Amato asking President Bush to put federal agencies "on notice" in case Cuomo makes a request for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the worst storm to hit New York City in fifty years, and the possibility of President Bush fighting Cuomo's efforts to cut the Youth-at-Risk project by $7 million.

ST033 North Carolina (.1 ft.; box 5)

A secondary subject category containing information on efforts by Senator Jesse Helms to secure funding for a bar deepening project in the Cape Fear River near Port Wilmington.

ST034 North Dakota (EMPTY)

ST035 Ohio (.1 ft.; boxes 5-6)

A secondary subject category containing information on poverty in the state, a request for a waiver concerning the Dayton Area Health Plan, the chances of Ohio being selected as the location for the Patriot Missile Battalion, and the proposed closing of the Miamisburg, Ohio Mound Facility. The shutting down of this nuclear weapons plant would involve the consolidation of its tritium operations to Savannah River and the transfer of the non-nuclear operation to Kansas City.

ST036 Oklahoma (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on education and a letter of thanks from Representative Mickey Edwards to Governor John Sununu for taking time out from his busy schedule to give a speech to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

ST037 Oregon (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on Oregon's intention to request a waiver from the federal government to implement its Medicaid rationing program and Senator Bob Packwood's request that President Bush sign a letter to a select group of Oregon business leaders endorsing Dave Frohnmayer, the Republican candidate for Governor (1990).

ST038 Pennsylvania (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on a political briefing given to President Bush concerning prospects for Republicans in 1992 and the Knoll Homestart Program, a new initiative designed to make $100 million in mortgages to Pennsylvanians whose incomes do not exceed 150 percent of their county's median income level.

ST039 Rhode Island (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on Rhode Island's 1990 state budget and Governor Edward DiPrete's 1989 State of the State Message.

ST040 South Carolina (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal disaster assistance for the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, Senator Strom Thurmond urging President Bush to bring to a halt the perception that South Carolina was losing military assets (i.e. the transfer of units and ships and so forth from Charleston Navy Base to a new facility in Ingleside, Texas), and the circumstances that caused Debourdieu, a project on the South Carolina coast, to fall into bankruptcy.

ST041 South Dakota (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on a minor boundary change between South Dakota and Nebraska. By law, notice of the proposed alteration must be given to President Bush. George S. Mickelson, governor of South Dakota, notifies the White House of the impending slight territorial modification.

ST042 Tennessee (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on H.J. Res. 540, passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives. This legislation encouraged the government of Kuwait to extend the right of suffrage to female citizens.

ST043 Texas (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on the Matagorda Island "Rip-Off," the railroad Commission of Texas and the passage of an emergency measure to increase the state's oil production, a briefing given to President Bush on the political climate of the state in 1992 (the role of Ross Perot in the general election is stressed), and President Bush's acceptance of an invitation to deliver a commencement address at Texas A&M University in 1989.

ST044 Utah (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on H.R. 429, the Central Utah Project Completion Act. Governor Norman H. Bangerter urges President Bush to sign the bill because it constitutes a significant contribution to the development and reform of water resources in all the western states.

ST045 Vermont (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on community-based mental health programs in the state.

ST046 Virginia (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on Governor Douglas Wilder's use of state aircraft for personal travel and Senator John Warner's desire to use the military to help fight the problems faced by urban areas all across the country.

ST047 Washington (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on a possible visit by President Bush to the headquarters of Boeing Company in Seattle and Senator Slade Gorton urging President Bush to sign H.R. 4489, the Olympic National Park and Olympic Experimental State Forest.

ST048 West Virginia (EMPTY)

ST049 Wisconsin (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on Parental Choice Initiative (an educational voucher initiative which will grant 1000 low-income children the option of attending private schools beginning in November 1990), Parental and Family Responsibility Initiative (part of a welfare reform package), and the Clearinghouse for Workplace Child Options (an attempt to address the need to provide child care for working parents).

ST050 Wyoming (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on a proclamation issued by President Bush setting forth 10 July 1990 as "Wyoming Centennial Day" and Governor Mike Sullivan agreeing to accept an invitation from President Bush for Wyoming to become an applicant for a State Rural Development Council.

ST051 Territories and Islands (.1 ft.; box 6)

A secondary subject category containing information on recommendations from the special negotiations meeting with the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), Department of the Interior draft report on H.R. 3351, American Samoa Study Commission Act, and Department of Justice comments on Department of the Interior draft report on H.R. 3351.

ST051-01 Guam (.2 ft.; boxes 6-7)

A secondary subject category containing information on an exchange between President Bush and Representative Ben Blaz concerning efforts by Guam to redefine its status as a U.S. territory, H.R. 4164, Guam Excess Lands Act, the views of various agencies and departments (i.e. Department of Justice, General Services Administration, etc.)

ST051-02 Puerto Rico (1 ft.; boxes 7-9)

A secondary subject category containing information on the question of whether or not Puerto Rico should be admitted as a state. President Bush carries on a dialogue with a number of prominent Puerto Rican politicians including Rafael Hernandez Colon, Miriam J. Ramirez de Ferrer, Luis A. Ferre, and Arturo J. Gusman. In addition, there is information on the status of the island including S. 244, the Puerto Rico Status Referendum Act, which includes draft testimony and draft reports from assorted departments and agencies (such as the United States Trade Representative, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, etc.). Other subjects covered in lesser detail include Puerto Rico's place in Bush's anti-drug war, progress achieved by the island's Caribbean Development Program, and measures that should be taken to preserve Puerto Rico's rain forests. Finally, mention should be made of a Presidential memorandum issued by 1991 which took the place of a similar note put out by JFK in 1961.

ST051-03 Virgin Islands (.1 ft.; box 10)

A secondary subject category containing information on the breakdown of law and order that occurred on the Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Hugo (the alleged misconduct of Governor Alexander Farrelly and other high officials is especially emphasized) and an apparent incident involving the squandering of federal funds.

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