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Action lacking despite opportunities to improve Arizona’s lobbyist reporting system

Action lacking despite opportunities to improve Arizona’s lobbyist reporting system

From lobbyists to lawmakers to advocacy groups, reactions to flaws in Arizona lobbying reports reflect an image of a system that needs to be improved.

Some proposals for how to improve the system have emerged, but any agreement on the solutions, not to mention the political will to enact them, still eludes lawmakers two years after the Fiesta Bowl lobbying scandal roped in dozens of politicians, top bowl officials and a handful of lobbyists.

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Preemptive strike

Barber’s campaign this morning jumped on comments made by Martha McSally about being approached to run for several offices, calling it “politics at its worst.”

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The economics of mental illness

The economics of mental illness

Mental health care may be one of the biggest unmet needs of our time. Nearly one in two people in the United States will suffer from depression, anxiety disorders or another mental health ailment at some point in their life, and about one in 17 Americans currently has a serious mental illness.

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Money without merit (access required)

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Bonuses given to state workers who didn’t surrender protections

Raises for rank-and-file state employees came with a choice last year: Become an at-will employee in exchange for a 5-percent pay bump, or keep those protections and receive the same salaries they’d had since 2007.

The amount of money the deal directed toward political appointees and top staff, who are among the highest paid state employees, wasn't widely discussed.

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