State budget includes $3 million for the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical

 Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement on the passage of the 2018/19 State Budget and the inclusion of her Valley Fever request:

"Taxpayers paid a record amount of taxes this year, and it should be with extreme caution that we spend that money.

"We have been down this path before and, as the economy expands and tax revenues grow, we must first ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for overspending, and that every dollar spent is used efficiently and effectively. 

"One of the most important parts of this budget is a small, but mighty, line item totaling $3 million for the Valley Fever Institute located at Kern Medical.  Throughout my tenure in the legislature, I have worked hard to build support for funding to fight Valley Fever and to raise awareness of this disease.

"Kern County is the epicenter of this epidemic, and the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical is the leading Valley Fever research and treatment facility in California.  That is why it is so important to get these resources directly into Kern County and support the expansion of the Institute's groundbreaking work.

"With this investment, and the expansion of their operations, I believe the Valley Fever Institute is in the best position to improve treatments, educate the public, and will ultimately aid in finding a cure for Valley Fever."

"While I supported this budget with extreme caution, I am thrilled to see Valley Fever funding getting the attention it deserves."