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
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.
(SACRAMENTO) - The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) is pleased to announce the return of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation is awarding thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to eligible students accepted into an accredited college or university. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2016.
“After overwhelming participation in the inaugural launch, the Foundation is proud to renew this important program. Last year, we hoped word of these scholarships would spread statewide and touch our local communities. The reach exceeded our expectations,” stated Assemblyman Luis Alejo, Chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “Our mission to educate and empower our communities resonated with the public and we continue to encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity.”
HANFORD - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued a statement regarding veteran Joe Wright entering retirement. After a devoted 31 year career in the military Mr. Joe Wright is set to retire and held a celebration in Hanford to mark the occasion.
“Joe Wright is a veteran who has dedicated his heart, time, and effort to serving veterans throughout the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Joe has spearheaded a number of causes that have brought veterans and their families the resources needed to thrive in the 21st Century. That’s why I did not hesitate to select him as the 2013 Veteran of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District.”
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.”