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Dr. Stuart Foster sends thanks from Kentucky Mesonet
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As the cold winds of early spring have given way to the warm breezes of approaching summer, the prospects of the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU have brightened with the restoration of funding in the latest biennial budget for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
I would like to thank everyone who played a role, big or small, in championing the Mesonet as a valuable asset that benefits people in communities throughout the Commonwealth.
The proposed cut of state support for the Mesonet brought an immediate outcry. The print media highlighted the importance of the Mesonet, including a front-page feature in the Courier-Journal, an editorial in the Herald Leader, and an Associated Press article that was picked up by news outlets nationwide. National Public Radio addressed the implications of the proposed cut, while TV meteorologists highlighted the value of the Mesonet in markets throughout the state.
Local officials and private citizens reached out to their state legislators to emphasize the contribution of the Mesonet to their communities.
In response, Kentucky's legislators went to bat for the Mesonet and restored funding in both the House and Senate versions of the budget.
Thank you for recognizing the value of the Mesonet.
Energized by your support and recognizing our responsibility to utilize tax dollars wisely, we will strengthen our efforts to work on behalf of Kentuckians.
Sincerely, -Stuart A. Foster, Director Kentucky Mesonet at WKU
June 13, 2018
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