Issues

Serving her first term in the California State Senate, Melissa Hurtado has been a strong advocate for the Central Valley, winning key funding and passing policies to improve healthcare, provide reliable and clean water supplies, provide quality education and enhance fire prevention in the wake of California’s continuing wildfires.

Water

Senator Hurtado understands that a clean and reliable water supply is essential for Valley families and our agricultural economy.  She has led the fight to secure funding and policies to improve Valley water supplies:

  • Won $200 million to repair California’s water conveyance canals that deliver drinking water to communities throughout California and sustain the state’s leading agricultural economy.   

  • Co-authored and helped shape the Safe and Affordable Clean Drinking Water Act.

  • Secured $15 million to address failing water systems and deliver safe and clean drinking water to communities in the southern Central Valley.

  • Worked to obtain $130 million in state funding to secure safe drinking water in our most vulnerable communities. 

Education

For Melissa Hurtado, a good education opened the door for opportunity and a college degree.  That’s why she will never stop fighting for more funding for our schools, career technical education programs that provide job training and curriculums that prepare our students for college.  In the State Senate, Melissa Hurtado has worked tirelessly to promote educational opportunity:

  • Secured $9.9 million to establish regional pipelines for students to enter medical school.

  • Won $2 million for Career Technical Education Funding for Kern and Fresno Counties Community Colleges.

  • Donated $80,000 to establish the Central Valley Dream Scholarship which provided $1,000 to nearly 80 students in the southern Central Valley for educational expenses in the 2020-21 school year.

Healthcare

Senator Hurtado has worked to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare in the Valley.  Her priorities include bringing more healthcare professionals to rural communities, improving emergency care and protecting women’s reproductive healthcare. In the Senate, Melissa Hurtado has secured essential funding and passed important policies to help improve healthcare in the Valley:

  • Required insurance providers to cover reimbursement for adverse childhood experiences, an extremely important issue given COVID’s impacts on everyone, but especially young people.

  • Won a $2 million investment for the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical to support Valley Fever research.

  • Won $15 million to help ensure vulnerable communities have access to asthma prevention services, education and support.

Public Safety

Senator Hurtado had advocated for more resources to keep our communities safe. In the wake of California’s continuing wildfire season, Senator Hurtado won important funding for fire training and is fighting to provide support for law enforcement:

  • Won $25 million for a regional Fire Training Center in the Valley.

  • Advocating for safer neighborhoods, schools and communities, Senator Hurtado is seeking funding to fight gangs and drugs in the Valley and to put more officers on the streets.