California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most. Read More
KCAO chosen to be the 32nd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year
BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) recognized the Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) with the 32nd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year Award.
“For a generation, the Kings Community Action Organization has been a pillar of excellence and community service in the region,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “The services provided by KCAO have been instrumental in changing the lives of so many Central Valley families. KCAO staff and volunteers continue to be strong stewards and advocates of positive change in our community and I am proud to recognize their hard work.”
Legislature meets constitutional deadline to approve spending plan
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement on the passage of the budget:
“I am pleased that both houses of the legislature have delivered an on-time, fiscally prudent budget to the Governor. This budget continues to increase funding for public schools, higher education, childcare, seniors, and public safety improvements. We are building up the largest reserves in state history to protect from future economic downturns and reinvesting in programs that help communities make ends meet.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) adjourned the Assembly in the memory of the Helen F. Chavez, wife of farm worker labor leader Cesar Chavez. Mrs. Chavez was 88 years old. She was surround by her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren at the time of her passing. “I had the great privilege of personally knowing Helen,” said Assemblymember Salas. “For 88 years, she was a force of quiet strength, but the legacy she leaves behind will echo for generations. Never one to grandstand, she worked hard behind the scenes devoting her life to fighting for a brighter future. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Today, we join them in celebration of a life well lived.” Watch this Assembly Access Video to see Assemblymember Salas’s touching tribute to Helen Chavez.
Chavez, widow of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, has died at age 88
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the State Assembly adjourned today’s floor session in the memory of Helen F. Chavez, widow of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
“I had the great privilege of personally knowing Helen. For 88 years, she was a force of quiet strength, but the legacy she leaves behind will echo for generations,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Never one to grandstand, she worked hard behind the scenes devoting her life to fighting for a brighter future. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Today, we join them in celebration of a life well lived.”
Local Portuguese community leaders travel to Capitol for presentation of ACR 184
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) welcomed local Portuguese community leaders to the State Capitol as he presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 184, which declares the month of June 2016 as Portuguese National Heritage Month.
“Through an entrepreneurial and community spirit, Californians of Portuguese heritage have contributed greatly to the social, economic, and cultural makeup of our state,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I’m honored to author this resolution recognizing their culture and rich heritage.”
AB 1649 prioritizes storage projects such as Temperance & Sites
SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Assembly passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) that directs the state to prioritize funding for surface storage development.
“AB 1649 will streamline water storage projects such as Temperance and Sites,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I’m pleased my colleagues understand the importance of prioritizing water storage as local jurisdictions form agreements on how to best meet the needs of the Valley and the State.”
AB 2565 secures funding for Kern Independent Living Center
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2565 has been approved by the full State Assembly with bi-partisan support. The bill ensures minimum state base funding for three Independent Living Centers (ILCs), including Independent Living Center of Kern County. Currently, three of the state’s ILCs receive zero state funding despite providing the same services offered at other centers throughout the state.
“AB 2565 will provide much needed funding to support those with disabilities to live, learn, and work independently,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This is a critical step to increasing access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities while building the capacity of the state’s independent living centers.”
Salas recognized for being a champion on veterans issues
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) received the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the American GI Forum (AGIF) of California. AGIF is a congressionally chartered veterans and civil rights organization. Its motto is "Education is Our Freedom and Freedom should be Everybody's Business.”
“I am honored to be a part of the work that the American GI Forum does to ensure veterans have access to education and services via the GI Bill of Rights,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am humbled to receive this award and honored to work alongside our servicemen and women who fought for our freedom and continue to fight for our veterans day-in and day-out.”
Hall Ambulance, Inc. provides health services to nearly 90% of Kern County
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) recognized Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. as the 32nd Assembly District’s 2016 Small Business of the Year. Hall Ambulance provides five star Paramedic Ambulance service to nearly 90% of Kern County. While its core focus is providing ground paramedic ambulance care, it also provides air and ground critical care ambulance services and operates an emergency dispatch center.
“Hall Ambulance Service is an example of a small business that has gone above and beyond to benefit our growing community,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “Mayor Hall has worked tirelessly to improve our neighborhoods, focusing his efforts on building ‘unity in the community’ while increasing access to health care services in the Central Valley. I am proud to recognize Hall Ambulance with this well-deserved recognition.”
Governor Brown Releases 2016-2017 Revised Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released a $169.3 billion revised State Budget, which estimates a $1.9 billion decrease in revenue but also includes no spending cuts compared to the January budget proposal.
“I applaud the Governor’s call to be more fiscally prudent and I believe we can do more to protect and advance taxpayer dollars,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “We must continue to invest state funds in our infrastructure to put people to work and strengthen our state economy,” added Salas.