1 24 2018 UPDATE! SERIOUS NEWS FROM Tallahassee from IFAS Contact Higher Education members of Legislature NOW! - list for easy group email below
FYIFAS January 24,2018 UF INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS·WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 Week 3 January 24, 2018 The past two days, the House and Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittees rolled out their budget recommendations for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. With a gap of more than $600 million dollars between the two budgets, bringing them together will be a real challenge. Yesterday, was not a good day for higher education as the chairman proposed a $217 million cut in the State University System’s carry-forward funding, $100 million of which would be recurring. Unfortunately, that meant bad news for IFAS as only two of our projects made it into the budget recommendations - the Geomatics Education Program and the Horticulture Research, Science and Technology program, which includes funding for PIE. However, today, the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee proposed a $383 million increase in funding. As a result, five of the IFAS projects made it into their proposed budget at partial funding levels. Next week, the House and Senate appropriations committees are expected to hear their budget bills which will consist off of the subcommittees recommended budgets combined. At this point, most of our budget items are in one or both of the budget proposals. This is good news as it means our projects are still in play and we can work to get them up to their original amounts. Higher education is shaping up to be a major bargaining chip during the budget negotiation process. Projects included in one of the budget proposals:
FL Ag Initiative
Horticulture Research, Science and Education
Geomatics Education Program
Tropical Aquaculture Lab
Zika (Mosquito Lab)
Projectsnot included in a budget proposal:
Tropical Research & Education Center Upgrades and Repairs
Veterinary Diagnostics Lab
CALL TO ACTION !! THIS WEEK! 1-23-1-25 Received an email from Mary Ann Hooks with UF/IFAS asking that 4-H Green be seen THIS WEEK in Tallahassee and letters as we work on getting back the $1 million lost to 4-H last year. Positive stories and facts about 4-H and UF/ IFAS needed!!!
OUR FOCUS IS THE HIGHER ED APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES of House and Senate.
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Below is list of WHO TO CONTACT AND A FLYER ABOUT 4-H YOU CAN MAIL OR EMAIL TO THOSE LEGISLATORS ON THAT LIST. Here is file on who to contact H
DO A GROUP EMAIL!!! Only takes 5 minutes! Kelly Strausbaugh one of our administrators put this together YOU MUST MUST CONTACT BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES!!!! 1. HOUSE Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Chair: Rep. Larry Ahern Vice Chair: Rep. Mel Ponder Democratic Ranking Member: Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. Rep. Ramon Alexander, Rep Bryan Avila, Rep Brad Drake, Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, Rep. Julio Gonzalez, Rep. Tom Leek, Rep. Amber Mariano, Rep. Daniel Perez, Rep. Elizabeth Porter, Rep. David Silvers, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Rep. Bob Cortes HOUSE EMAILS TO COPY AND PASTE: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov, email@example.com, Katie.Edwards@myfloridahouse.gov, Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov, Tom.Leek@myfloridahouse.gov, Amber.Mariano@myfloridahouse.gov, Daniel.Perez@myfloridahouse.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, David.Silvers@myfloridahouse.gov, Carlos.Smith@myfloridahouse.gov, Bob.Cortes@myfloridahouse.gov Committee Mailing Address: 221 The Capitol 402 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 (850) 717-4810 2. SENATE Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Chair: Senator Bill Galvano (R) Vice Chair: Senator Keith Perry (R) Senator Rob Bradley, Senator Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Senator Tom Lee, Senator Wilton Simpson, Senator Linda Stewart SENATE EMAILS TO COPY AND PASTE: Copy and paste emails email addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Committee Mailing Address: 201 The Capitol 404 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee FL 32399-1100 (850) 487 – 5140
Remember to focus in your letters about 4-H 1 Job preparedness - know how to interview, show up to work on time etc.. 2. Training future workforce and/or business owners with skills 3. Life skills sets ranging for social in how to make friends to public speaking, accounting etc..
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