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
Ramirez acknowledged for professional athleticism and advocacy
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he and the
California Legislative Latino Caucus awarded professional boxer and Avenal native, Jose Ramirez
with the 2016 Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Athletics. Since 2002 the Latino Caucus has
held the special celebration to honor Latino men and women who are pioneers in their respective
fields having overcome tremendous obstacles and rising to become role models and community
AB 2700 will promote jobs and keep energy rates affordable
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2700 has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources with unanimous bi-partisan support. The bill will require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to prioritize renewable energy options like biomass and geothermal.
“While the state is providing strong incentives for wind and solar energy, not enough is being done to sustain biomass,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This bill promotes local jobs and provides farmers a clean and efficient way to produce renewable energy and help improve our air quality.”
AB 1649 prioritizes storage projects such as Temperance & Sites
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1649 has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife with bi-partisan support. The bill directs the state to prioritize surface storage development.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of Merle Haggard, one of the original Bakersfield Sound era’s most successful artists, who died recently at the age of 79. “Merle Haggard was famous for developing the Bakersfield Sound and he truly was a common man’s poet,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Haggard epitomized the essence of the working class. He will be missed and I am honored to adjourn in his memory.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Salas in this Assembly Access video.
AB 2630 seeks to bring renewable energy jobs to the Central Valley
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced his bill, AB 2630, which seeks to unlock renewable energy development and bring much needed jobs to the Central and San Joaquin Valley, has been approved unanimously by the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.
“Today marks an important step toward bringing renewable energy development and more jobs to the Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. ”In my district, we continue to face double digit unemployment rates. AB 2630 is vital for our economy, our communities and the environment.”
Annual Ceremony held in recognition of Women's History Month
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the California State Assembly
honored Dr. Sonya Christian as the 32nd Assembly District Woman of the Year. Assemblymember Salas
recognized Dr. Christian for her accomplishments as an advocate for continued education during the
annual Assembly Floor ceremony.
The Logistics Industry Town Hall, hosted by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, brought Asm Rudy Salas and other legislators and industry leaders from across California to learn about and discuss the benefits of the region’s growing logistics industry and the challenges it faces.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was selected to serve as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) effective immediately.
“I want to thank Speaker Rendon for this opportunity to ensure Californians continue to receive the maximum benefit and quality of services from our licensed professionals,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues and stakeholders to safeguard the integrity of our state’s business practices and encourage the continued growth of the California economy.”
AB X2-1 includes $307 million for Developmental Services
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 part of the Second Extraordinary session on health care, which he co-authored, has been approved by the Legislature. The bill provides long-awaited funding increases for the state’s developmental services system.
“I am pleased that my colleagues have joined me in this bipartisan effort to fulfill the state’s promise to individuals with developmental disabilities.” said Assemblymember Salas. “This funding increase will directly benefit programs like those offered by Bakersfield ARC and regional centers across the state.”
Grant to pay for upgraded irrigation systems, water saving technology
BAKERSFIELD — Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined Harvey L. Hall, Mayor of Bakersfield, representatives of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and community members to accept a $681,739 grant awarded to the City of Bakersfield by DWR. The funds are expected to be used to upgrade as many as 22 parks with smart irrigation control systems in order to cut down on runoff and total water usage.
“This significant investment will provide our communities with up to date water-saving technology that is greatly needed to combat the drought,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Not only will these funds help us save more than 768 million gallons of water, the new systems that will be installed will also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions promoting better air quality for the Central Valley.”