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
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.”
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Salas issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address:
“The Governor did good job of recapping how far California has come in recent years. He stated that in 2011 we were facing a $27 billion deficit and how we have moved toward an actual surplus this year. The credit rating for the state has improved three-fold.”
AB 1649 seeks to upgrade California's water storage infrastructure
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1649 which urges the state to expedite water storage projects, consistent with the goals of Proposition 1, the $7.12 billion Water Bond approved by California voters in 2014.
"As California continues to combat historic drought conditions and as El Niño storms take their toll, we should be doing everything we can to update our water storage infrastructure," said Assemblymember Salas. "Had these investments been made decades ago we would be prepared to capture the rainfall from recent El Niño storms. AB 1649 will make sure that California voters receive what they approved by streamlining projects that will enable us to capture more water in years of high rainfall and prevent large losses of rain water in the future."
AB 1115 designates school zone to prevent tragic collisions
Assemblymember Rudy Salas announced his Assembly Bill (AB) 1115, which empowers the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to reduce the speed limit and install adequate signage, making it safe for families to travel to and from school.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced his Assembly Bill (AB) 1115, which designates the portion of State Route (SR) 184 adjacent to Sunset Middle School as a “school zone” has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Transportation with unanimous, bi-partisan support. This bill will empower the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to reduce the speed limit and install adequate signage, making it safe for families to travel to and from school.
“Every family should be afforded precautions that make it safe for them to pick up and drop off their children,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Designating this portion of the highway as a school zone is common sense. AB 1115 will make sure that drivers are aware of the school intersection ahead and minimize the chances of another tragic collision happening.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2016-2017 budget which provides an estimated $122.6 billion in General Fund spending, including $71.6 billion in non-Prop 98 expenditures and $51 billion in Prop 98 expenditures.
The Governor projects the Proposition 2 Rainy Day Fund to grow from $4.5 billion to $8 billion, which includes $1.6 billion of additional deposits, a discretionary $2 billion deposit. In addition, pursuant to the provisions of Proposition 2, $1.6 billion of State debts are repaid. The plan includes billions more in spending for education, health care and state infrastructure.
Coat Drive Helps Local Central Valley Residents in Need Stay Warm
HANFORD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that this year’s Kings County Coat Giveaway successfully provided warm winter coats to hundreds of children. Salas partnered with the Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) to facilitate a donation from Southern California Gas to purchase coats.
“When we come together as a community we can make a difference,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Because of our collaboration, hundreds of children will receive coats this winter. I would like to thank Southern California Gas and all the partners who volunteered their time, resources and energy to help their neighbors in need.”
Assemblymember Perea to step down at the end of the month
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement about State Assembly Member Henry T. Perea’s decision to resign from office:
“Assemblymember Perea has been a great friend and ally to the Central Valley and working families throughout the State. I wish him well on his new endeavor. My colleagues and I look forward to ensuring we continue to build a strong California focused on jobs and a growing economy.”
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.
CalTrans urged to take immediate steps on school crossing
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) is urging the California Department of Transportations (CalTrans) to make changes that will ensure the safety of students and families at schools. After three tragic fatalities occurred at the intersections to access Sunset Middle School due to the lack of adequate safety measures, Assemblymember Salas has called on CalTrans to immediately review all available options to ensure the safety of school crossings and intersections.
"Addressing the safety of our community and the school children at this intersection is a top priority," said Assemblymember Salas. "We should be doing everything that we can to ensure that families are safe when they pick up or drop off their children at school."
California Manufacturers & Technology Association & Industrial Environmental Association recognize Salas for protecting jobs and promoting economic growth in California
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he received the joint California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and Industrial Environmental Association (IEA), 2015 Legislator of the Year Award. The CMTA works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. The mission of IEA is to promote responsible, cost-effective environmental laws and regulations and facilitate compliance.
AB 1350 protects workers & access to health care services for local residents
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1350 has been signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill, a continuation of legislation signed into law last year, would ensure that employees of the Kern Medical Center to continue to receive health and retirement benefits during the transition and establishment of the Kern Hospital Authority.
“It is important that workers are not denied their benefits during this transition and I am glad that Kern Medical Center and their workers were able to reach consensus on a fair agreement,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I look forward to the success of Kern Medical Center and its ability to provide needed health care services to the Central Valley.”