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Lawsuit challenges Phoenix pension practice

Arizona court declines to hear election money caseA conservative advocacy group is asking a court to order Phoenix to stop allowing its police officers and firefighters from increasing their pensions by counting unused sick leave, vacation time and other benefits.

The Arizona Republic reports that the lawsuit challenging a practice called “spiking” was filed by the Goldwater Institute in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The suit filed on behalf of three Phoenix residents contends the practice violates state law and costs taxpayers millions of dollars.

City spokeswoman Toni Maccarone says officials will respond to the suit after it’s received and reviewed.

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