It continues to be a busy time in both Washington D.C. and at the Minnesota State Legislature. Many of you have questions about what is happening and how it will affect Extension. To receive updates on the federal stimulus funding you can go to the University's Stimulus Funding Web site to find the latest information and links. You can also go directly to the federal website to learn how federal agencies and states are using the federal stimulus funding.
If you are interested in what is happening at the state level, you can go to the Minnesota House or Senate websites and sign up for email updates, check the status of a bill, or find out when hearings will be held.
Many faculty members have been or will be asked to provide information to state legislators and/or testify at a hearing. If you have been invited to testify, send an email to Sarah Greening with information about the hearing request, including committee, agenda topic, date and time. Sarah will work with the University's government relations team to get approval.
As I mentioned previously, I recognize the stress the ongoing budget discussions and headlines have on all of us; however, it is important that we all continue to focus on our programs and the participants who learn and grow from them. I continue to see excellent examples of how our Extension programs are making a difference in Minnesota. As you visit the legislative websites, do not forget to also visit Extension's website to learn about the programs and impact that all of you are making throughout the state.