Dear Rattler Advocates,
As you may be aware, the Florida Senate adopted its version of the 2014-15 state budget recently that included a last minute amendment that would begin to fund a new College of Engineering in Tallahassee at Florida State University. The creation of a new engineering college would begin the process of separating the 32-year partnership FAMU has had with FSU in the joint College of Engineering.
FAMU opposes the Senate’s budget and the plan to decouple the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Neither university has had an opportunity to examine the potential impact of such a move or discuss the terms under which a separation would/should take place.
Fortunately, the budget passed by the Florida House of Representatives DOES NOT fund a new engineering college at FSU.
This week, right now, the House and Senate are negotiating the differences between their two budgets. Whether or not to separate the joint engineering college is one of those issues that will be decided.
With only eight (8) days remaining in the session, and final budget negotiations scheduled to be completed by this Saturday, please take a moment right now to contact your local legislators and tell them to “leave the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering alone”. Tell them you oppose a separation of this unique educational partnership that is the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
In addition to your local State Representative and State Senator, please contact:
- Senator Don Gatez (Destin)
- Senator Joe Negron (Palm City)
Senate Appropriations Chair
- Speaker Will Weatherford (Wesley Chapel)
Speaker of the House
- Rep. Seth McKeel (Lakeland)
Chair, House Appropriations Committee
- Rep. Steve Crisafulli (Merritt Island)
- Sen. Andy Gardiner (Orlando)
- Sen. Bill Montford (Tallahassee)
- Sen. Bill Galvano (Bradenton)
We appreciate your support!
Tommy Mitchell, Sr.
FAMU NAA President