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Proposed state senate bill would send relief checks to farmworkers

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Senate Bill 1066 (SB-1066) is currently in the Senate Credit Committee. The bill was proposed by Central Valley Senator Melissa Hurtado earlier this year.

Hurtado says the drought has been so bad in recent years that it not only damages crops, but also dries up farmers’ pockets.

The SB-1066 will allocate $ 20 million from the state budget to send $ 1,000 checks to eligible farmers over three years.

To qualify, at least one member of a household must have worked as a farmer for the entire period between 11 March 2020 and 1 January 2022.

“It’s really an investment in our nutrition system, it’s an investment in them for the work they do and the goods they provide,” Hurtado said.

A study from the University of California, Merced, found the impact of drought on the state’s economy.

The study found that the year 2021 drought cost the state’s agricultural industry $ 1.1 billion in losses and more than 8,700 jobs.

“What hurts the Central Valley hurts other parts of the state. That means that when farmers are in pain, other people will feel the pain as well,” Hurtado said.

If approved, the benefits will begin in January next year.

It would not solve the problem of drought – but experts say it could help some farmers afford to live in the state with less work in the fields.

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