November 7th, 2017
Capitol Update
Representative Jeni Arndt- HD 53
Assistant Caucus Chair; Chair of Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee; 
Member of Business Affairs and Labor Committee
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 
Happy election day! I hope everyone turned in their ballot before the snow hit. We are very fortunate to live in a state with so much flexibility when it comes to voting. It is too late to mail in a ballot, but it can still be dropped off at a ballot box until 7pm today, no stamp required. Coloradans can also register to vote and cast a ballot through election day at any of the county polling places.  Here's a list of Larimer County's ballot boxes and polling locations: 
Presentation at the Ag Task Force on the importance of soil health
A couple weeks ago, I made the trip to Sioux Falls for NCSL's Fall Agriculture Task Force Meeting. Over three days, lawmakers from across the country met to discuss ways to better serve rural America and agricultural communities. A huge issue at hand is the health of rural communities and their lack of access to affordable healthcare. We also toured the largest POET biorefinery in the U.S. to see how ethanol goes from corn to a local gas station. 
TABOR Forum at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
Last weekend, Representative Ginal, Senator Kefalas and I hosted a public forum addressing the impacts of TABOR. We were joined by former Representative and chair of the Joint Budget Committee Brad Young and current Representative Dan Thurlow. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights was passed by voters in the early 90s as a way to give the people of Colorado the power to control how much money their government collects. While that sounds like a great idea, all TABOR has really done is create a state budget crisis that has left our roads a wreck and our public schools underfunded. After 25 years of living under TABOR, legislators on both sides of the aisle agree something needs to change. Rep. Thurlow brought a smart bill last session that would have changed the TABOR formula to allow the state to collect more money without raising taxes. This bill did not pass, so it was great hearing ideas from the public as to what the next steps need to be in keeping our state adequately funded. 
 
CSU's 7th Annual Energy Symposium

CSU hosted their 7th Annual Energy Transition Symposium last weekend. This year, the governors of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming along with over 50 experts addressed the future of the energy industry and what direction it needs to move. The energy business needs more innovative leaders who are willing to push for sustainable and clean ways to power our every day needs. 
Interim Water Resource Review Committee

Last week, I finished my first year as Vice Chair of the  Water Resource Review Committee. To end the committee, we voted on eleven proposed bills that had been workshopped throughout the interim. The committee recommended that five of the bills be introduced in January for the entire General Assembly to vote on. I will be sponsoring water re-use bills and the Mussel-Free Colorado Act, which provides Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Invasive Species Program more resources to keep harmful mussels out of the state's waters.
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at jeniarndt53@gmail.com.
Jeni

970-231-5090



Representative Jeni Arndt | (303) 866-2917 | jeniarndt53@gmail.com |


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