Berryhill Bulletin: November 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Veterans Day

We owe everything we have to veterans. There is no limit to the gratitude I feel for their collective sacrifice. Without them, we would have nothing. Thank you.

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CalChamber vote record

One of the things I’m most proud of from my time in Sacramento is my pro-business/pro-job record. I’m pleased to have received a 100% rating from the California Chamber of Commerce for 2017.

I’ve authored or supported legislation that would have given employees flexible work weeks, reduced the regulatory burden on employers, helped businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and so many more.

As long as I’m in the state Legislature, I will continue to fight for jobs and economic prosperity for all Californians.

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Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography & Video
Pictured, from left to right: Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge, Rancho Cordova City Councilmember Garret Gatewood, Rancho Cordova Mayor Donald Terry, Bob Phelan (Berryhill staff), Golden State Water General Manager Paul Schubert, Deacon Walter Little of Cordova Community Food Locker, Sean Twilla of Golden State Water and Rancho Cordova City Councilmember David Sander.

Operation Gobble – Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so many things to be grateful for and November always helps me to remember that. I hope everyone has a happy holiday, filled with friends, family and food.

As part of my annual tradition, I always participate in Operation Gobble, in partnership with Golden State Water Company, to give out turkeys to families in need. I love being a part of something so wonderful.

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Too much, not enough

Gas Tax

With Democrats in charge in Sacramento, the cost of living keeps increasing. A record-breaking gas tax increase is now in effect as of November 1, which will only make California more unaffordable, especially for those of us who don’t live in major cities.

But that’s not all. The coastal elites passed another car tax and a massive diesel tax increase. Worse yet, about a third of the tax revenue will go to projects other than roads, while less than five percent will go to relieve traffic congestion.

Here is my position on this disastrous policy in greater detail:

It’s obvious that something needed to happen. Our roads are falling apart from years of neglect. The problem, as Republicans see it, is that we were already paying extremely high gas taxes and fees that hadn’t been going to repairs. So the money was already there – we didn’t need to raise taxes on hard-working Californians in order to do what we should have been doing all along.

Senate Republicans supported an alternative plan that would have provided $7.8 billion for our roads without raising taxes through more efficiency, transparency and accountability. Our plan would have prioritized roads by putting an end to the current practice of Sacramento diverting transportation taxes for non-transportation projects. We should be investing the billions we already collect into repairing and improving the roads.

Our transportation package would have brought accountability and transparency to the broken transportation system by empowering a truly independent Transportation Inspector General – who would not have been housed at Caltrans – and by reforming the bureaucratic morass in our transportation department. Our approach would have also made reforms to cut the Sacramento red-tape holding back road projects.

But the people in power in Sacramento weren’t interested in fixing the bureaucratic process or investing in roads. Instead, they insist on a “road diet” and on taking more money out of the pockets of hard-working families.

The plan of the party in power makes you pay more while it delivers far less than it promises. Next time you’re sitting in gridlock, remember that less than five percent of the new tax revenue will actually go to traffic relief.

Where is the new tax revenue going? Some will go to fixing roads, but 30 percent is earmarked for Sacramento pet projects like parks, workforce apprenticeships, bike lanes and sidewalks, commuter trains, research, and local planning grants.

This is a regressive new tax that targets middle-class and poor Californians who barely make ends meet today. Lower-income families in rural areas will be hit the hardest, because they driver farther to work and school, and usually in older, less fuel-efficient vehicles.

I fought this tax and will actively pursue alternatives to it.

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Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps celebrated its 242nd birthday on November 10. As with all veterans, I am forever in your debt. Thank you.

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Small Business of the Month: Thorsen’s Plumbing

Small Business of the Month: Thorsen’s Plumbing

Our small business of November is Thorsen’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a Turlock-based business that’s been around since 1911 and employs approximately 50 people.

Craig Pitau has been the sole owner since 2012, after first buying shares in Thorsen’s a decade earlier. Pitau was born and raised in Turlock and is heavily involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, National Ag Science Center and Turlock Veterans Charitable Trust.

Pitau is involved with the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Scholarship Committee, which last year helped raise $28,000 for Ag Scholarships for FFA students from local high schools.

The Turlock Veterans Charitable Trust that Craig serves on the Board of Directors has a yearly golf tournament that raises approximately $20,000 a year for disabled veterans.

Thank you for your service to the community.

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In The News

The Modesto Bee: Des Orsinelli: It took political courage to stand up for Cap & Trade

Fox 40: Thousands of Turkeys Given to Families in Need

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Follow Me!

We are starting to use Twitter and Facebook more and more to communicate with all of our constituents. It’s cheaper and more efficient than many of the traditional methods of communication, like mailings and earned media.

Twitter: @TomBerryhill


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We are here to help

The 8th Senate District is 27,000 square miles - one of the largest districts in the Senate and about the size of Rhode Island. To better serve you, I have set up three regional district offices with great staff available to listen to your opinions on legislation, lend a hand with problems you may be having with state agencies, or arrange an appointment with me. We also hold mobile office hours (see below). Please do not hesitate to contact one of my local offices if we can be of assistance.

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Rm 3067
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 651-4008

Fresno Office
6215 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
(599) 253-7122

Jackson Office
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-9140

Oakdale Office
102 Grove Ave, Suite B
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 848-8001

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Mobile office hours

1st Friday
Waterford - December 1st
2:00 - 3:00pm
City of Waterford
101 E. Street, Waterford, Ca 95386

1st Friday
Oakdale - December 1st
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361

1st Tuesday
Sonora - December 5th
10:00 - 11:30am
Sonora City Fire Department
201 South Shepherd Street, Sonora, Ca 95370

2nd Thursday
Hughson - December 14th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326

2nd Thursday
Turlock - December 14th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380

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