Welcome to Advocate for Florida State
For the Office of Governmental Relations, the start of interim legislative committee meetings in late September signaled the start of the 2014 legislative session. These committee meetings will continue to be held intermittently until February, and the 60-day legislative session will be gaveled to order on Tuesday, March 4th.
State economists calculate a revenue surplus of about $800 million for the coming fiscal year. It is estimated that half of this amount is non-recurring. The Governor stated recently he will ask lawmakers to cut $500 million in taxes and fees and indicated he will request lawmakers trim the 2014-2015 state budget by $100 million.
As for Florida State's legislative priorities, central will be the university’s vigilant pursuit of its second installment of the $15 million in preeminence money that was allocated last year.
Florida State has also
prioritized the distribution of capital-outlay allocations, particularly those
for the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences building (EAOS), and building maintenance dollars.
The Governmental Relations office will lead the university's legislative-advocacy efforts through the following:
- Continuing the statewide legislative-activism initiative that identifies, in collaboration with the Alumni Association, prominent alumni throughout the state who are willing to present the university’s priorities to their local legislators, both one-on-one and during public meetings of their local legislative delegations. This initiative was first instituted prior to the 2013 session and was well received by state legislators and our alumni base.
- Working with the Seminole
Legislative Caucus, which currently includes 39 alumni and friends who are members of the legislature, continue to be extremely
supportive of the university’s advocacy efforts.
- During recent interim committee meetings, President Barron testified before the House Higher Education Subcommittee with an update on the university’s preeminence initiatives. In the course of that testimony, Dr. Barron also took the opportunity to present a white paper he authored on greater job creation and career success for our students. President Barron continues to advance this proposal by meeting with key legislators and the Governor.
- Last year, the Governmental Relations office placed 64
FSU student interns in state legislators’ offices. We aim to increase that amount for the 2014 session.
- The Governmental Relations office will continue to heighten awareness among the university's constituencies through ongoing updates of this website.
Finally, FSU Day at the Capitol is scheduled to take place next year on April 1st. A reception for legislators, sponsored by the Student Government Association, will be held the night before on March 31st, on the 22nd floor of the Capitol building. We hope each of you will be able to join us for these special events.
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