Tuesday, April 7, 2009

MO Extension Center News

Many homeschool families use the local county extension office for some of our class projects-such as the hatching of chicken eggs. Also, many homeschoolers belong to 4H or do projects for their local county fair.

Please see the below email from Barry Crudup and help support your local extension office. The state has tried to cut the funding to our kids. Let them know how you feel!

I am sending this e-mail as a strong supporter of the University of Missouri Extension Program. In a previous e-mail I asked for your help in contacting the governor's office and your Missouri state representatives and senators. Hundreds and hundreds of you participated and voiced your concerns. The House of Representatives passed a bill which restores the extension funding cuts and the senate has started working on the budget and it is critical that senators hear from us in the next two weeks. Please tell them how important extension is to you a voter and ask that they support House Bill 3 and thank them for their support of Extension.

It is very important that your senator hear from you. There was much attention by the media and others reporting on the phone calls, letters, etc. that extension supporters sent to their representatives and the governor's office.

NOTE: It is just as important that you continue to participate in this political process by contacting your state senator.

Oh, and as a reminder to the governor, you might want to call his office again just to make him aware that cuts to the extension service continue to be one of his "not so good ideas."

I apologize in advance for sending this e-mail to you unsolicited. However, as a supporter of extension I hope you might forgive the intrusion.

Barry Crudup
Cass County Extension Council

Find your state representative at http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
Find your state senator at: http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/senalpha.htmContact the governor at:
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-3222

Senate Appropriations Committee considers higher education budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee began consideration of HB3 last week. Each appropriations bill is reviewed by the entire committee twice. The committee should begin the mark-up process this week when amendments to the House of Representatives budget suggestions can be offered.

The committee amendment process takes approximately five to seven days. It is predicted that the full Senate will take up all the FY10 budget bills when they return from a short Easter Break April 14. After approval by the full Senate, conference committees will be appointed for each bill. All 13 operating budget bills must be passed by 6 p.m. May 8.

Barry Crudup

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