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Senator Roth successfully led the effort to have the California Air Resources Board (ARB)’s new, state-of-the-art facility built in Riverside. The new ARB testing facility will create over 400 good jobs, and with more research and development is estimated to create over 600 new jobs.
The facility will link ARB testing programs to the UC Riverside CE-CERT Program, internationally renowned for its work on improving air quality throughout Inland Southern California. The project will not only create jobs directly attached to the new ARB Riverside facility, but will help create jobs in related sectors serving similar needs. Securing this project in Riverside was a major victory, one that will positively transform our region's economy.
Senator Roth has also authored several laws that have fueled economic development in Inland Southern California and throughout the State. By supporting tax incentives and tax credits to implement the “Go-Biz” program, Senator Roth has fought to empower businesses to create good, higher-paying jobs throughout California. Senator Roth also authored a measure to bring the advantage back to California’s aerospace industry; his measure to provide critical tax incentives to build the US Air Force’s new strategic bomber in California is now law, and with the USAF awarding the contract to build the bomber to Northrop Grumman in October 2015, the project will create high-tech manufacturing, research and development jobs right here in California over the next several years.
Jobs for Veterans
Senator Roth has successfully secured funding for the California Military Department’s Work for Warriors (WFW) Program, which utilizes a network of over 300 partner employers to place nearly 5,000 military personnel, veterans and military family members into good civilian jobs. WFW takes a hands-on approach that walks service members through each step of the hiring process, from resume and interview preparation, all the way through to job acceptance. With over two out of three veterans placed into good jobs, at a cost of only $900 per placement, WFW is a cost-effective, resource-efficient program. In fact, three other states (South Carolina, Florida and Michigan) have taken California’s lead and established programs mirroring the WFW model.
UC Riverside School of Medicine
In his first year in office, Senator Roth successfully led the fight to establish a Medical School at UC Riverside. Roth championed the critical effort to secure the necessary $15 million ongoing, annual support to make the medical school a reality.
The UCR Medical School will have a lasting impact on the health care needs of people living in Inland Southern California for years to come. The school is focused on training primary care physicians, the front-line doctors we rely upon to take care of our everyday medical needs. Unlike other medical schools that have their own hospitals, the new UCR Medical School is unique in that it is linked to Inland Southern California's community-based clinics and the medical students are directly providing services to some of the neediest community members that have had no healthcare options.
Senator Roth's leadership was instrumental in investing $100 million over three years to fund the Song-Brown Program, an existing grant program that supports primary care residency programs in medically underserved areas. This $100 million is invested as follows:
- $62 million in new funding to be spent over six years to help support existing primary care residencies (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN).
- $10 million in new funding to be spent over six years to support the creation of new primary care physician residency programs at facilities without existing programs.
- $10 million in new funding spent over six years to fund new primary care residency slots at existing residency programs.
- $17 million in new funding to be spend over six years to support existing Teaching Health Center primary care residencies.
- $1 million to fund the State Loan Repayment Program, a federally funded (state administered) provider incentive program (different than the Steve Thompson Program) that clinics use to recruit providers to medically underserved areas.
Senator Roth passed a landmark law to reform how California balances the needs of small businesses and Californians with disabilities, by helping ensure those with disabilities are able to access facilities and services while ensuring business owners and operators have the education and training necessary to comply with federal and state disability access law and regulations. The new law will help stop predatory lawsuits against small mom-and-pop businesses trying to do the right thing by encouraging those businesses to proactively increase access for customers with disabilities.
Deployed Strike Teams to Help More Veterans Receive Benefits On-Time
To help alleviate a daunting backlog at the U.S. Veterans Administration in processing claims, Senator Roth led a successful effort to fund and deploy “strike teams” in the California Department of Veterans Affairs. These strike teams went into offices with the largest backlogs and process veterans benefits claims as fast as possible. Senator Roth helped secure $3 million to fund these strike teams with a mission to reduce the initial entitlement claims backlog at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and ensure that claims from California Veteran Service Officers are properly developed and had the documentation necessary for USDVA to rate and process.
Strike teams consist of twelve staff and are co-located in each of USDVA’s three regional offices – San Diego, Los Angeles, and Oakland. When strike teams were deployed in Fall of 2013, the national average for a veteran to receive benefits was nearly 349.6 days. Before the state established the teams, in July 2013, the average number of days to completion that California veterans were waiting for entitlement claims were: 590 days in Oakland, 616 in Los Angeles, and 348 in San Diego. As of January 28, 2016, the average days pending for CalVet entitlement claims in the fully developed claims program is down to 83 in Oakland, 112 days in Los Angeles, and 82 in San Diego.
Strike teams have also helped reduce the first initial entitlement claims backlog at USDVA from about 70,000 to 7,000.