Assemblymember Salas Votes to Deliver Another On-Time State Budget

The balanced budget increases support for students, working families, small businesses, and infrastructure

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement on the passage of the 2022-23 state budget:|

“The budget passed today invests in California by increasing per-student spending to among the highest in the nation, expanding tax credits for working families having a hard time paying for their gas and grocery bills, providing relief for our small businesses, improving our infrastructure, and providing more money in SSI checks for our seniors,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am proud that this budget will produce the largest Rainy Day reserve fund in California’s history. Our work will bring $148 million into the district for energy research and jobs at CSU-Bakersfield and Bakersfield College.”

Some important budget items include:

  • $110.3 billion for K-12 schools, including a historic $9.3 billion increase for school districts and charter schools.
  • $8 billion to provide direct relief to Californians form the impacts of high gas prices.
  • $1.3 billion to improve access to child care services for working families.
  • $1.5 billion for immediate, enhanced solutions for homeless individuals with serious mental illness.
  • $1.3 billion in relief to small businesses and non-profits, with $870 million to provide full rebates to cover increased Unemployment Insurance costs.
  • $1.1 billion to expand access to affordable broadband and improve broadband infrastructure.
  • $10.9 billion for new roads, public transit, and highway repairs.
  • $21 billion for a robust climate and energy plan that focuses on drought resilience and extreme heat.
  • $40 billion for infrastructure investments in transportation, housing, energy, broadband, and schools.
  • $400 million to increase the California Earned-Income Tax Credit.
  • $980,000 for safe drinking water projects.
  • Reforms Cal Grant to provide higher education aid to 150,000 more low-income students.
  • $83 million to construct the Energy Innovation Center at CSU Bakersfield.
  • $50 million to support the creation of the California Renewable Energy Center of Excellence at the Kern Community College District.
  • $15 million to create a pilot program in Kern County to provide training and employment for energy workers to cap abandoned oil and gas wells.
  • Additional $300 million increase for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to seniors.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.