Penn State got favorable action from the state on two big issues last month – approval of a $334 million budget appropriation for 2010-11 and the go-ahead to buy state land for agricultural education and research. But it’s still a good idea to visit your state legislator this summer in their home district offices.
There are many reasons why this is a good idea. Here are two:
n The state House and Senate have very few session days scheduled between now and the fall, so they should be close to home – and close to you.
n The backdrop for the 2011-12 state budget will be “federal stimulus money disappearing, the state pension increased costs, transportation funding woes and potentially revenue projections that miss the mark once again,” according to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News.
If you want to help Penn State, meet face-to-face with your state representative and state senator in your community and talk to them about:
n the important contributions that major research institutions like Penn State make to the Commonwealth.
n the special relationship that Penn State, as the state’s sole land-grant institution, shares with the Commonwealth.
n their support for Penn State through the upcoming budget process and on other key legislative issues.
For more information, contact the Network at email@example.com.
Thanks for your interest.
-- Alan Janesch, director, Penn State Grassroots Network