On Friday, June 21, 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the first budget of his administration. The $90.9 Billion, touted as the largest spending package in Florida history, felt the Governor’s veto pen as he slashed funding on numerous line items, one of those being Line Item 149, Project 9 – IFAS (Institute of Food and Agriculture Science) which covers STEM, Workforce and 4-H Programs.
4-H relies primarily on funding from the closet University through the local extension office. Fundraisers are also a source of funding for 4-H programs. Locally, the Union County 4-H Program holds an annual auction as well as various other fundraising events throughout the year to help with the programs.
With the loss in funding for the 2019-2020 year, it will be a difficult time for 4-H Programs. There are ways that you can help in letting the Governor know how important 4-H is to you, your child and the community. Contact his office and voice your concern over his Veto of funding for our 4-H Programs. Explain the importance of the 4-H Program and how it impacts the lives of your children. ALL 4-H Youth need to contact the Governor, whether you participate in livestock projects, cooking, civil discourse, archery or other 4-H programs and events, reach out and let Governor DeSantis know how important the program is to you. Be sure to include photos from various events you’ve participated in as well.
Contact information for Governor Ron DeSantis:
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida
400 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
You may also email the Governor’s Office at: https://www.flgov.com/contact-governor/
It is also encouraged for Florida 4-H’ers to contact their State Legislators and County Commissioners. Let them also know that you are disappointed in the veto made by Governor DeSantis, and ask that they continue to fight for funding for our 4-H Programs.