May 11th, 2018
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,

That's a wrap! The 2018 Legislative Session has officially come to a close. Saturday, my Fort Collins colleagues, Senator Kefalas and Representative Joan Ginal, are hosting a post session town hall.  I'm hosting the National Ag Task Force here in Denver, so I cannot make the meeting. My intern Maggie will be there to give a summary of the major legislation I sponsored. 

But! I'll be hanging out at Horse and Dragon Brewing Company on Sunday, May 13th from 3-5pm to answer questions and discuss the session. The address is  124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Come on over, or we can just play cribbage!

For a comprehensive look at what bills I sponsored this session, check out my website. I ran 42 bills and 33 passed. 

Talking PERA with the Governor late Wednesday evening.
Session Highlights:

Transportation in Colorado has been severely underfunded, even as our population grows. Senate Bill 1 sets aside $645 million for transportation projects over the next two years. The majority of the funding is dedicated to highways with the remaining 15% going towards alternate forms of transit. The bill also creates a ballot initiative voters will see in 2019 to issue $2.34 billion in transportation bonds. Over the next decade, Colorado will have $9 billion in infrastructure needs and this bill is a good start in addressing the costs. 

This session, we knew fixing PERA's unfunded liability of $32 billion was a must. After months of debate, a compromise was reached around 11pm on the last day of session. I voted no. I just didn't think teachers got enough and CEA was opposed. The bill passed the House and the Senate. So, if Governor Hickenlooper signs, it will be law. The compromise on how to fund PERA came with a lot of tough sacrifices.  We can always come back next year and tweak it if needed. Below is a chart that details what major changes come with Senate Bill 200
Major changes to PERA.

An example of how gerrymandering harms democracy.
Last year's Water Tour.

Even though session is over, interim work keeps me busy. I have the honor of serving as the Chair of the Interim Water Resource Review Committee. Each summer, the committee travels around the state to study water projects. We also meet and vote on what legislation the committee is introducing next session. IWRRC is one of the state's most reputable and longest standing committees.

This weekend, I am hosting NCSL's National Ag Task Force in Denver, where we will be learning about state and federal agriculture policy issues. Again, I have the privileged of serving as Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments' Agriculture and Water Committee and will attend their annual conference in September. 

Other than that, I am busy running for re-election! So expect to see me at your front door this summer asking what issues matter most to you. It's great meeting so many of my neighbors, even when I am unopposed. 
 
You are all invited to join Rep. Joann Ginal and Sen. John Kefalas for a Town Hall  at Council Tree Library on Saturday, May 12th from 10am-11:30am. The address is 2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. I am not able to attend the discussion because I am hosting the National Agriculture Task Force in Denver. I am hosting a separate post-session Town Hall at Horse and Dragon Brewing Company from 3-5pm on Sunday, May 13th. The address is 124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524. See you there!
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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Town Hall
Council Tree Library

Saturday, May 12th
10am-11:30am

2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Session-Wrap Up
Horse and Dragon Brewing Company

Sunday, May 13th
3pm-5pm

124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524