Members of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and the Fresno County Administrative Office are in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with legislators and help to advocate for and advance issues supportive of County priorities.
“This is a valuable opportunity to meet face to face with our representatives and talk about the issues that are important for our community,” says District 4 Supervisor and Board Chair Buddy Mendes. “These conversations help to support critical funding and services needed by our residents and directs the attention of our representatives towards the people and issues they were sent to DC to represent.”
Supervisor Mendes, joined by District 2 Supervisor and Board Vice Chair, Steve Brandau; District 5 Supervisor, Nathan Magsig;; and County Administrative Officer, Jean Rousseau, are in DC taking part in the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference, a gathering of nearly 2,000 County representatives from across the country visiting the nation’s capital to lobby for support of local issues.
Among the topics being discussed include requests to lawmakers for support of the following County priorities:
- Support Forest Management, restoration and appropriate funding
- Support planning and construction of water storage and recharge projects
- Support re-operation of Big Dry Creek Dam and Reservoir
- Support continued provision of Federal healthcare benefits (Medicaid) for non-convicted, justice-involved individuals
- Continued support for reauthorization of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which helps fund critical County operations including law enforcement, search and rescue, and road maintenance
- Oppose budget proposal that would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and end Federal support for the County
- Oppose budget proposal that would eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) and shift the cost burden to County taxpayers