Berryhill Bulletin: November 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Holidays
Wishing you the much happiness, health and good cheer this holiday season.

GO-Biz to host tax credit workshops in Fresno, Tulare

I am pleased to be cohosting a workshop with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to help businesses apply for the California Competes Tax Credit. The credit is open to any business planning to create new full-time jobs anywhere in California. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and learn how to apply for this tax credit program.

The California Competes Tax Credit Program has approximately $243 million in tax credits available during the 2016-17 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in, or relocate to, California. The next application period begins January 2, 2017. Come and learn how your business can apply for millions in available tax credits. The workshop and the program are free and available to businesses of all sizes throughout the state.

Workshops will be held in the following locations:

Fresno, Nov. 30, 3-4 p.m., Fresno City Hall
Tulare, Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Tulare Public Library, City Council Chambers

A series of webinars are also being held from Nov. 30 through Jan. 18, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/CaliforniaCompetesTaxCredit

Image of the Go-Biz Tax Credit Flyer

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Turn Black Friday Green

Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks Foundation and California State Parks invite everyone to bring their friends and families to explore 116 beautiful California state parks on November 25 – “Green Friday”! They’re providing a free day-use parking pass for you to share time with friends and family and give thanks for our beautiful California state parks. What a great way to extend your Thanksgiving. To learn more visit Save the Redwoods.

California is home to a very diverse parks system. With over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 4,500 miles of trails there is plenty to see. “State Park System lands protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts… the best of California’s natural and cultural history.“ [CA Department of Parks and Recreation website]

To learn more and find a park near you, visit the CA Department of Parks and Recreation website.

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In case you missed it: Road funding hits Sacramento traffic jam

Anyone that drives in California knows our roads and bridges need a fix. Below please find excerpts from an article originally published in the Orange County Register. The entire article is a good read and an excellent explanation of the so-called traffic jam in Sacramento that has delayed investment in our infrastructure.

Road funding hits Sacramento traffic jam

By KERRY JACKSON / Contributing writer
(Kerry Jackson is a fellow at the Center for California Reform at the Pacific Research Institute.)

  • “Popular Mechanics praises the section between San Simeon and Carmel ‘for its staggering views over perilous cliffs, revealing the Pacific Ocean’s whitecaps as they rush past immense dark rocks.’…While the scenery off many of California’s roads is extraordinary, the roads themselves can yield an altogether unpleasant experience. They are among the worst in the country…

  • “The Reason Foundation ranks California roads 42nd in the nation in its 22nd Annual Highway Report…

  • “Caltrans itself has said that 15 percent of the 50,000 miles of state highways is “distressed” while another 25 percent needs “corrective maintenance.” Meanwhile, a state Senate committee found last year that 68 percent of California roads are in “poor” or “mediocre” condition…

  • ….Though Californians pay some of the highest fuel taxes nationwide ― the average family pays at least $1,000 a year, roughly $275 more than the average U.S. household ― much of those funds aren’t spent on roads. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says that every year the state moves between $100 million and $5 billion from fuel taxes to the General Fund. The diesel sales tax, which generates nearly a half billion a year, has been diverted entirely to mass transit and rail programs.

  • “Then there is the “hidden” tax levied by the California Air Resources Board that is imposed on oil companies, then passed on to motorists. Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel who sits on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, says this tax “is the biggest ongoing funding source for the high-speed rail boondoggle, a project that will cost at least $64 billion and will burden future generations of taxpayers.”

(Read more here)

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Veterans Day around the 8th Senate District

Image of the Senator Tom Berryhill and Oliver North

For those of you we didn’t personally see on Veterans Day, I wanted to pass along my Veterans Day Message. I was in Fresno kicking off the Fresno Veterans Day Parade and members of my staff seemed to be everywhere participating in local events. To our veterans and their families, thank you for serving our fine nation. To those of you with loved ones serving today, we pray for their safety and thank you for your sacrifice.

“We are gathered together today as are so many others across this great country of ours to take a moment to honor and remember those who have and continue to serve our country. We have a duty to those men and women who have answered the call of service to take time to pause, reflect upon and honor the sacrifices they have endured for our freedom.

“President Ronald Reagan said, “Today, Veterans Day, as we do every year, we take that moment to embrace the gentle heroes of all our wars. We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.”

“Thank you for finding your way out here today; for realizing the importance of gathering together to reflect upon the countless individuals in our community and across this great nation who stood tall, with unimaginable bravery and a sense of duty to protect the very freedoms we enjoy today. May God bless them and you and God bless America.”

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Maddy Institute Legislative Intern Scholar Program
Qualify for a scholarship of up to $6,000
Friday, December 2, 2016

About The Maddy Institute:

The Maddy Institute was established to engage, prepare and inspire the next generation of government leaders and civil servants. Our activities primarily focus on: Citizen Participation, Policy Research and Leadership Training. To that end, the Maddy Institute offers an extensive government intern program, offering university students the opportunity to work in federal and state legislative offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, as well as local government offices throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

About the Legislative Internship Program:

Legislative Scholar-Interns are placed on assignment in regional government offices, as well as in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Legislative Internship Program provides students with opportunities to develop public leadership skills while gaining practical knowledge of the day-to-day operations of government and the political process. Legislative Scholar-Interns receive academic credit as well as a stipend. Examples of placements include: U.S. Senate and Congressional offices (Capitol and district offices), California Assembly and Senate offices (Capitol and district offices) and the Governor’s Office.

Deadline

Spring 2017 Legislative Intern Scholar Program: Application postmarked, delivered, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Eligibility:

Must have a 3.0 overall GPA or higher;
Must be at least a Junior in standing (60 units completed) OR
Must be a Graduate student in standing.

To Apply:

All applications available online: www.maddyinstitute.com or print file attached and must be received by the specified date. NO EXCEPTIONS. Submit via email, fax, in person, or mail to:

The Maddy Institute
Thomas Administration Building, Room 126
California State University, Fresno
5241 N. Maple Ave. M/S TA 43 Fresno, CA 93740

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