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Juan Alanis takes oath to join state Assembly
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Family gathered around Juan Alanis (in front, second from left) at the State Capitol Monday where he was sworn into office as a state Assemblyman.

Newly elected state Assemblyman Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) wasted no time after his Monday swearing-in ceremony to announce that he’ll start his work for the constituents of the 22nd Assembly District by introducing the “California Promise” legislative package, which focuses on passing legislation that puts hardworking Californians first.

Alanis was elected Nov. 8 over Democrat Jessica Self by a margin of 58.1 percent to 41.9 percent. He had to resign from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to assume his new role.

His district includes Ceres as well as Keyes, Modesto, Turlock, Empire, Denair, Patterson, Gustine, Newman, Hilmar, Ballico, Snelling, Grayson, Crows Landing, Diablo Grande and Stevinson.

“Californians pay the highest income taxes in the nation, leaving far too many families struggling,” said Alanis. “I will fight for real policy solutions to ensure that every Californian can afford to live in the golden state. It is crucial, as legislators, to help families do more than just make ends meet and we can start by lowering tax rates for middle- and low-income taxpayers. We also need more water storage, and I will be introducing legislation that will put funding in place to ensure that we can build sufficient water infrastructure for all Californians, including my constituents in the Central Valley.”

The new assemblyman said he is dedicated to relieving the financial burden many Valley families are feeling by introducing legislation that will cut unnecessary taxes for Californians by lowering the income tax rates for the middle and lower class. This would allow taxpayers to keep more of their wages.

As part of the California Promise, Alanis will also introduce legislation that will place guaranteed funding for critical investments needed to ensure there is available water infrastructure and sufficient healthy forest and wildfire prevention to protect California. If passed, the proposal will help protect environmental health of forest lands, which will combat wildfire risk and spur workforce development in rural areas of the state.