Friday, February 25, 2011

Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Will Scale Back Extension Programs

What impact has the
University of Maryland Extension (UME) had on your life? What would it mean to you, your family, and your community if Extension’s programs were cut?

The Situation
If the proposed federal budget reductions (passed by Congress on Feb. 19) are approved, they will cut $29 million from the U.S. Extension System - a reduction of $325,138 in federal funding for UME. This cut would result in further scaling back of Maryland’s Extension programs.

How you can help!
  • You may want to contact Maryland’s U.S. Senators and your U.S. Congress member today to let them know how you feel about the proposed cuts to Extension’s budget. Tell them how you, your family, your business and/or your community have benefited from UME programs in Agriculture, 4-H, Master Gardener, Financial Education, Entrepreneurship, IPM, Natural Resources, etc.
  • Ask them to reevaluate the Smith-Lever budget reductions in Bill HR-1. The Smith-Lever budget should not be cut, because UME’s programs are even more important in these tough economic times.
What’s the fastest way to contact them? Social Networking sites!
U.S. Senators:
U.S. Congress:
  • Many U.S. Congressmen have Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. Go to the U.S. Congress website. Enter your 5-digit zipcode to find your Representative and how you can connect to them through Social Networking.
Please click HERE for more information on this topic.
Click HERE for a printable pdf.

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