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California Transportation Commission Commits $2.7 Billion To Safety, Congestion, and Freight Improvements 

State Route 132 Receives $21 Million

Fulkerth Interchange Receives $3,009,000

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) approved $2.7 billion in funding for 61 transportation projects Wednesday that will increase safety, decrease congestion, and move goods more efficiently throughout the state. 

The Commission approved funding for three competitive programs created by the Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1): the Local Partnership Program, the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, and the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program. The amount of money requested far outweighed what was available for this first round of funding. 

“Before SB 1, California’s transportation infrastructure was crumbling faster than we could maintain, repair, or replace it,” says Commission Chair Fran Inman. “The intense competition for these programs is proof that the gas tax increase is very much needed.” 

In total, local and state agencies submitted more than 150 project applications requesting more than $5 billion dollars. The total available for the first round of funding is about $2.7 billion. 

“It’s important to think about this funding as a river, not a pond,” explains Commissioner Paul Van Konynenburg. “By increasing the gas tax, SB 1 provides a steady, ongoing source of revenue for the next decade and beyond, so there will continue to be funding for much-needed projects.” 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Assemblymember Gray Speaks to the American Legion

Assemblymember Gray receiving the American Legion, Department of California's 2017 Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year Award

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

 

Major Progress Made in Effort to Establish San Joaquin Valley Medical School

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) today announced that his bill to fund the creation of a San Joaquin Valley medical school passed its first committee vote with unanimous, bipartisan support. Gray also praised the University of California for the release of a complementary report which highlights the health care shortages that exist in the San Joaquin Valley and suggests a path towards the establishment of more robust medical infrastructure in the Valley, including the establishment of a fully independent medical school at UC Merced. The report was funded by a budget item Gray secured in 2015.

 

“Today marks a renewed effort to undertake the construction of major new medical infrastructure projects in the Valley,” said Gray. “The UC’s report highlights the compelling access to care failures that families in the Valley know all too well. We simply are not providing adequate health care for one of the fastest growing, poorest, and least healthy regions of the state.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018
Contact: Lisa Mantarro (209) 521-2111

 

Assemblymember Adam Gray Names

Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage as 2018 Small Business of the Year

Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) announced today the selection of Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage of Gustine as the 2018 Small Business of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. The annual “Small Business Day” event and luncheon are organized in partnership with the California Small Business Association, and feature representatives from each of California’s Legislative districts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2018
Contact: Taylor Giroux – (916) 319-2021

 

New Democrats Introduce Fiscally Responsible Savings Account

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California New Democrats introduced landmark legislation to create a new, more flexible state savings account to weather the state’s boom-and-bust revenue cycle and insulate Californians from the drastic cuts made during recessions. The measure, Assembly Bill 1740, will establish a complementary account to the state’s existing “Rainy Day Fund.” This proposal is consistent with the Assembly Democrats’ “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget,” released in January.

“If we don’t save during the good times, we will inevitability be forced to make cuts to critical services during the bad. Education, public safety, and other important government services will all be on the chopping block without sufficient reserves to weather us through the next recession,” the New Democrats said in a statement.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

 

Gray Demands Action After State Water Board Loses in Court

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) renewed calls today to fix the state’s broken water rights management system following a court ruling that condemned the State Water Resources Control Board’s broken enforcement process.

 

In a case between the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) and the State Water Board, a judge ruled this month that the Board lacks the authority to issue curtailment notices to pre-1914 and riparian water right holders. The judge ruled that the Board violated BBID’s due process rights by ordering immediate cessation of diversions and threatening the district with large fines without first providing the district its right to due process.

 

“The ruling reaffirms what we have known for some time,” Gray said. “We need to reform the State Water Board’s coercive enforcement process to guarantee water rights holders a fair hearing and due process. The Judge’s decision makes that clearer than ever.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Bonita Elementary School Visits Assembly Floor
Monday, March 26, 2018

As published in: Westside Connect

Never apologize for being a farmer

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 11:09 am

BY ADAM GRAY/21st DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

As someone who was born and raised in the Valley, the economic and social values of agriculture are part of who I am. Accountability for our actions is part of our way of life. If you don’t work hard, you don’t get paid. It’s as simple as that.

Unfortunately, folks in Sacramento don’t always remember the rules of the game. They demonize successful farmers as “Big Ag.” They claim we waste water, forgetting that irrigation is what puts food on their tables. That’s not waste – it’s hard work.

They want us to make sacrifices they would never ask of other industries, and they want us to make them without any of the help they provide to other industries. When Hollywood started filming more of its movies outside of California, the Legislature provided hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of incentives to bring them back.

I once asked if we could do something similar for the dairy industry, which is being forced to either consolidate or leave the state. My proposal went nowhere.

Farmers in the Valley know the truth, but even we are guilty of sometimes buying into Sacramento’s untrue narrative. When now-Senator Kamala Harris was running for office, she came to Modesto to meet and discuss agricultural issues at a round-table forum. As local farmers introduced themselves, each one qualified their success by referring to their operations as “small, family farms” even though many were large operations.

When it was my turn, I felt compelled to share an observation with the Senator: Valley farmers feel the need to apologize for their success. Surely, major companies in the Bay Area are not referring to themselves as “small, family tech firms.”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

As excerpted from: The Los Angeles Times

Californians appointed to state posts could soon be barred from writing checks to lawmakers who vote on their nomination

Last year, [Lucy] Dunn, the president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, was confirmed for a third term on the influential transportation panel. Three months later she contributed to a political campaign for the current Senate leader, Kevin De León.

Dunn's contributions are allowed by state law, but some believe such payments undermine public confidence in the appointment process. That concern is behind a new proposal by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) to outlaw contributions to senators by political appointees for up to a year between the time they are chosen by the governor until their required confirmation by the Senate.

"The state Legislature should safeguard the public's confidence in our government institutions," said Gray, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization.

"We have adopted a number of limitations and transparency measures in other areas, but the contribution activities of political appointees — who have a personal financial interest at stake — to state senators during the confirmation process remains almost entirely opaque," Gray added.