CALL TO ACTION: CALL ON HOUSE/SENATE TO OVERRIDE THE VETO OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING

As some of you know, the Governor has vetoed over $100 million of programs in the budgets of Florida’s public universities. This includes a $20 million cut to UF’s programs, of which $6 million is directly from IFAS. These cuts include funding to programs, students, faculty, and staff.

For those of you not familiar with IFAS, it’s UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with a mission to develop “knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.” As a result, IFAS has locations throughout the state of Florida and has made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy in 2013.

Florida Senate President, Joe Negron, will encourage discussion of Governor Scott’s budget vetoes during the special legislative session. In a memo that he sent to the entire senate, he wrote “I also expect that the Senate will consider a proposal to override the veto of some university and higher education funding that represent major priorities of Senators.”

What this means for you: Our Florida Senator, Keith Perry, Senate President, Joe Negron, and Florida House Speaker, Richard Corcoran, need to hear from you!

Call:
Sen. Keith Perry: (850) 487-5008
Sen. Joe Negron: (850) 487-5025
Speaker Richard Corcoran: (850) 717-5000

Your script:

Hi! I’m [Name] and I’m a constituent. I’m calling to encourage the [Senate/House] to consider a proposal to override the veto of the university funding. Governor Scott’s veto removes $20 million in funding to our local university, which will eliminate jobs. Moreover, IFAS, which stands to lose $6 million dollars, is a prime example of return on investment by the government. In 2013 alone, IFAS made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy. Please, override this veto. Thank you for your time and consideration.

This takes participation from all of us! We can do this!

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