Contact details, sample letter and talking points at the end of this page for those engaged in regards to the Governor's funding veto - reference home page for story details. 1. What do I say and write? We need to ask the Speaker of the House, Senate President, Governor and our Legislators for an EMERGENCY PROVISION for funding the requirements of 4-H and UF/ IFAS POSITIVE statements! No negative nor derogatory comments. Those don’t help a cause. Our goal is to educate WHY they should make an emergency provision for funding requirements of 4-H and UF/IFAS. Remember anything you write is part of public record.
Here is a sample letter - but please put in your own words – although you might want to copy the line about emergency provision for funding requirements of 4-H and UF/IFAS Dear ----- On Friday, the Governor vetoed funding for 4-H a program that supports over 200,000 youth around the State of Florida and several very important UF/ IFAS research programs such as Horticulture, Aquaculture labs and Geomatics. I am asking that you will consider a proposal to override the veto of some university and higher education funding and support 4-H and UF/IFAS. Here is why 4-H faculty and IFAS research are important (explain with a personal 4-H story maybe how a 4-H event helped your child learn, how County Events helped overcome speech fears there is so much here we could share with photos if you have one)
3.How do I contact? Three-fold process – remember being positive and any correspondence is part of public record. a. Call b. Email c. Click print - put a 4-H logo on the outside of the envelope and mail. In the past, I have had politicians say they never got a call nor email on a topic. Regular mail ensures EVERYONE knows they were contacted esp. if they arrive in bags as I has happened
4.Who and how do I contact? It is important you contact ALL of these. Just type one letter and use for each one. Below are addresses and link to contact your local legislators too. Remember ANY correspondence is part of public record 1.Speaker of the House Florida Representative Richard Corcoran The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 email@example.com Phone: (850) 717-5000 2.Senate President Senator Joe Negron 404 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 Phone: (850) 487-5229 Click this link to email him
3. Governor Rick Scott Office of the Governor Rick Scott State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399-001 Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com 850-488-7146 4.Your local Senator and Legislator 1. Florida House of Representatives Click this link
Click Here for even More and very detailed 4-H talking points At a glance Florida 4-H talking points "4‑H is delivered through land grant universities by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Florida has a vibrant program with over 200,000 Florida youth actively participating in the 4-H youth development program through UF/IFAS Extension. It involves 16,000 volunteers whose 650,000 hours of service equate to a $13.8 million economic impact annually. The program educates children in all 67 counties and Seminole Tribe on STEM, Citizenship/Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Healthy Living to help them grow into contributing members of society and the workforce. "