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
CA Massage Therapy Council Awards Salas for regulatory leadership
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) received the Legislator of the Year award for the 2016 legislative session from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). Salas was recognized for his exemplary leadership as the author of AB 2194 and as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions.
"I am honored to receive this distinguished award and thank the California Massage Therapy Council for this recognition," said Assemblymember Salas (D-Bakersfield). “Together, we were able to craft meaningful policy that will protect consumers and enable certified therapists to continue to play a vital healing role in our local communities.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2017-2018 state budget proposal that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in core programs.
“I am pleased that the Governor has proposed to exercise discretion and prudence with our state budget,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The proposal keeps the budget balanced and pays down debt while protecting funding for major priorities like education, health care, water, and infrastructure. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to help build a California focused on growing jobs and a strong economy.”
Chair, Assembly Committee on Business and Professions
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). Salas previously served as Chairman of the committee during the last legislative year.
“I am thankful that Speaker Rendon has given me the opportunity to continue to lead the policy that governs our business practices,” said Assemblymember Salas. “These issues require thoughtful and intentional leadership as we strive to grow California's economy through government efficiency, oversight and regulatory reform.”
450 coats were given away to Kings County children
HANFORD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) is pleased to announce that this year’s Coat Giveaway was a success and provided winter coats to hundreds of children. Salas partnered with the Professional Latin American Association (PLAA) to facilitate a donation from Southern California Gas to purchase 450 coats to distribute to residents throughout the District.
“When we come together as a community we can make a difference,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Because of our collaboration, hundreds of children will have coats this winter. This could not have happened without all the partners who volunteered their time, resources and energy to help their neighbors.”
Voters re-elect Salas with one of the largest margins in district history
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was sworn into office by the Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court at a ceremony at the State Capitol. This marks the beginning of his third term representing the 32nd Assembly District.
“Representing communities in the Central Valley has been an incredible honor.” said Salas. “I plan to take on the issues that matter to the Central Valley, like increasing water availability, protecting jobs, improving our schools, and keeping communities safe. I am humbled to have been re-elected to this office and look forward to the work ahead.”
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Immediate action called for after tragic accident near school
BAKERSFIELD - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement regarding another tragic accident at Foothill High School:
"My thoughts are with those that have been affected by these tragedies. I have written a letter to CalTrans to get answers on what is being done at this intersection to ensure our kids are safe," said Assemblymember Salas. "I am confident that steps will be taken and am looking forward to working with CalTrans and the community to fix this."
Earlier this week, a Foothill High School student was struck by a driver along State Route (SR) 184 and suffered critical injuries. In 2014, two other Foothill students were hurt at the same crosswalk when they were hit by a reported distracted driver.
Kern Regional Center provides developmental services for thousands of local residents
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined Kern Regional Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lanterman Act and its half a century of supporting people with developmental disabilities.
“For fifty years, the Lanterman Act has helped to uplift the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “While there is still work to do to ensure adequate funding for this system, today we can be proud of the progress we have made since the enactment of the Lanterman Act. This historic Act has allowed Kern Regional Center to bring needed services to our community and for that I am grateful to celebrate this special milestone.”
AB 935 seeks to upgrade water infrastructure and management systems
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced the Governor has signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 935, which allows for increased hydropower investments on the Kern-Friant Canal. The project proposed for funding in AB 935 ranked fourth of 21 projects identified as ready-to-implement.
“I am pleased the Governor has heard our call for action on these shovel-ready projects which will allow us to manage our water supply more efficiently and provide needed relief to those who have suffered ongoing drought conditions,” said Assemblymember Salas. "While this is a big step in the right direction, there is still work to do. I will continue to fight for these budget investments to make sure we can improve our water system’s infrastructure and management.”
AB 453 helps fund local groundwater replenishment projects
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced the Governor has signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 453, which will enable Semitropic Water Storage District to fund projects directly related to groundwater replenishment. Semitropic is one of eight water storage districts in California and delivers water to nearly 300 customers for the irrigation of approximately 140,000 acres for agricultural uses.
“Groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally and AB 453 was crafted with that in mind,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Semitropic has a storage capacity of more than 1.6 million acre feet, making it one of the largest groundwater banks in operation. This bill will enable Semitropic to fund needed groundwater replenishment projects and meet local sustainability goals.”