Gray’s State Fair Funding Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced today that the California State Senate unanimously approved his bill to create an ongoing source of funding to California’s financially strapped network of fairs. AB 1499 would provide annual funding of approximately $15 million for reinvestment back into the state’s 78 fairs. AB 1499 now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“It is encouraging to see such widespread support for state fair funding here in the State Legislature,” said Gray. “Fairs have struggled to stay open since the state eliminated funding during the recession. This legislation restores a portion of that funding to keep these valuable assets open and thriving. Our fairs are economic engines that attract investments and create jobs, particularly in agricultural regions like Merced and Stanislaus Counties.”

“Our fair system is vital to our economy and our ability to support programs like 4H and Future Farmers of America for our local youth,” said Bill Mattos, current Vice-President and incoming President of the Stanislaus County Fair Board. “We appreciate Assemblyman Gray’s hard work on this important issue.”

“County fairs and the agricultural programs they feature are essential to Merced’s quality of life,” said Emily Haden, Vice-President of the Merced County Fair Board. “We are pleased that AB 1499 has passed the legislature and encourage Governor Brown to support our fairs by signing it into law.”