Fresno County’s wish-list for Washington, which county supervisors write up every year, probably has about zero impact on federal policy.
But the annual exercise of drafting the requests is worth something if you have doubts about where your supervisor stands politically.
During this week’s discussion of the list, incoming Supervisor Andreas Borgeas added comprehensive immigration reform to the five pages of county advocacy, which are mostly made up of mundane principles such as investment in local infrastructure and funding flexibility.
This is “a big deal” for the agricultural community, Borgeas said.
Supervisors Judy Case and Debbie Poochigian successfully pushed another hotly debated amendment: they struck “undocumented” and “homeless” from an advocacy statement for health services.
“What about the small business owner?” Case said. “I think there are a lot of people who fall through the cracks. These aren’t the only groups.”
Supervisor Henry Perea struck back: “It’s important to me that we leave that in there.”
Perea and Poochigian also jousted over high-speed rail. Poochigian wanted to revisit the county’s support for the project, but Perea didn’t.
“We’re in the implementation phase now,” Perea said. “Why are we still debating high-speed rail?”
The advocacy list was approved by supervisors and is on its way to the county’s lobbyist in D.C. and federal lawmakers — if not the Capitol Hill recycling bin.