2018-19 state budget includes $8 million to combat Valley Fever

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Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign off on the 2018-19 California state budget Friday, which earmarks $8 million in funding for Valley Fever research and treatment. 

Part of that overall funding will go toward Kern Medical, which received $3 million for its Valley Fever Institute, according to Sen. Jean Fuller. 

“Kern County is the epicenter of this epidemic,” Fuller said in a news release. “And the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical is the leading Valley Fever research and treatment facility in California.” 

In addition, $3 million will go toward Valley Fever research by the University of California, and $2 million will go to the Department of Public Health for an outreach and awareness campaign, according to Rep. Rudy Salas. 

Bakersfield College will also receive $1 million for career technical education, Salas said. 

Salas said the budget also includes: 

· $8.7 million for public safety infrastructure in Kings County 

· $705,000 to independent living centers, including the Independent Living Center of Kern County 

Education: 

· $92 million ongoing increase for the University of California 

· $177 million one-time increase for the University of California 

· $92 million ongoing increase for California State University 

· Additional ongoing $105 million increase for California State University 

· $167 million one-time increase for California State University 

· $1 million to Bakersfield College for expansion of career technical education programs 

· $78.4 billion in funding for K-12 education 

· Increases K-12 spending per pupil to $11,639 

· $300 million in one-time Proposition 98 funding for low-performing students 

· $150 million for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program 

Water: 

· Sets aside $23.5 million for safe drinking water 

· $1.4 million annually for two years to support the Central Valley Flood Protection Board 

· $5 million to conduct lead testing in water at child care centers, remediation activities and technical 

assistance 

Public Safety: 

· $8.7 million to Kings County for public safety infrastructure 

· $6.5 million towards reducing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits 

· $25 million to support law enforcement officers with additional trainings 

Health and Human Services: 

· $1 billion in federal and state funds over four years for an additional 13,400 child care and 2,947 preschool 

slots, increased rates for providers, and new quality investments 

· $8 million for Valley Fever research, outreach and awareness 

· $705,000 ongoing to independent living centers 

Homelessness: 

· $500 million to address the homelessness crisis and help local governments deal with the crisis 

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