Each year during State budget negotiations, members of the Rural
Caucus work diligently to advocate for issues that will continue
enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California.
- Allocated 24 million in funds for the costs associated with the opening of the UC Merced campus, providing education access and opportunities for students of San Joaquin Valley.
- Maintained current funding level for UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) programs. UCCE has farm, 4-H, and nutrition, and consumer sciences advisors based in more than 50 county offices.
- Funded the Governor's Career Technical Education Initiative that requires California Community Colleges to work with middle and high schools to align career technical education coursework, providing rural residents great opportunities.
- Continued funding for Rural Health Care Equity Program to provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket health care costs incurred by State employees and retirees living in rural areas that are not served by HMOs.
- Ensured funding for the Central Valley Rural Crime Prevention Program, used to implement new crime prevention strategies in an effort to reduce rural crimes, specifically agricultural property crimes.
- Protected funding for methamphetamine prevention in the Central Valley.
- Maintained funding for the replacement and enhancement of firefighting vehicles for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- Ensured funding for emission reduction projects to reduce air pollution and improve air quality monitoring.
- Continued funding for Williamson Act agriculture tax exemption.
- Provided funding for medical school loan assistance to physicians that serve in medically underserved areas for up to three years.
- Increased funding for additional Rural Health Demonstration Projects providing access to health care in rural areas for underserved populations.
- Allocated funding to smaller counties to reimburse private physicians, emergency physicians and hospitals more fairly for voluntary care.
- Provided resources to expand Medi-Cal Managed Care into 13 counties including El Dorado, Placer, Imperial, Merced, Madera, Kings, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Lake, and Mendocino.
- Reinstated Rural and Small County Law Enforcement Grant
- Repealed State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees, a duplicative
property tax that unfairly burdened rural parts of the State.
- Secured $70 million in funding for Rural Health Clinics
and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), increasing their
ability to provide primary care services to the state’s most
- Continued funding for Rural Health Care Equity Program to
provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket health care costs
incurred by State employees and retirees living in rural areas
are not served by HMOs.
- Allocated additional funding to the Carl Moyer Program for
replacing or rebuilding heavy-duty diesel engines with new cleantechnology
engines, thereby reducing emissions of smog-forming
pollutants and helping to reduce health care costs for Californians.
- Eliminated timber harvest fee that would have severely threatened
the viability or solvency of timber companies and impacted the
economies of rural California.
- Ensured $5.1 million for Rural Municipal airports construction,
maintenance, and security upgrades that will be matched with $100
million in Federal money.
- Ensured additional funding to help combat West Nile Virus.
- Protected current funding and secured additional funding
methamphetamine prevention in the Central Valley.
- Fought to reduce burdensome fees on agricultural industry.
- Maintained funding for incentives for biomass energy producers
burn agricultural waste providing for much cleaner air.
- Eliminated a fee on timber harvesting that would have threatened
the viability or solvency of timber companies and negatively
impacted the economies of rural California.
- Amended various pieces of air quality legislation to decrease
negative impacts on the agriculture industry, while cleaning the
in the Central Valley.
- Amended agricultural waiver discharge legislation to make
burdensome on agriculture while maintaining clean water.
- Prevented the elimination of the Williamson Act agriculture