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Mike Colletto, a lobbyist for the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona who has been in a wheelchair for 32 years, dealt with depression until waking up one morning and deciding to look at the “positive side.”

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Dodging the dreaded ‘doughnut hole’ (access required)

The federal health care plan narrows the Medicare Part D prescription drug-coverage gap, known as the doughnut hole, by providing a rebate of as much as $250 to insured members who are not eligible for the Low Income Subsidy.

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Federal law requires few changes in state plan (access required)

Pat Klein, assistant director for external affairs for the Arizona State Retirement System, focuses primarily on the immediate effects on retirees when explaining the differences and similarities of the health care plans for state retirees and the federal health care law.

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Is privatization the answer? (access required)

While the governor proposed eliminating the Department of Juvenile Corrections as a way to save money, one private company has said it could operate the program for slightly more than half of the agency’s fiscal 2009 budget.

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Looming Corrections crisis (access required)

The much-maligned Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, slated for the chopping block early in the budget process this year, won a stay of execution. But not everyone is happy about the apparent reprieve, especially county officials who face the prospect of assuming the financial responsibility of housing and rehabilitating the state's juvenile inmates.

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ASRS director says fund solid, Legislature can’t touch it

Even with a mind-numbing return on investment of minus 18 percent and a report suggesting that the Arizona State Retirement System is woefully underfunded, retirees and current employees banking on a stable pension check need not worry.

So says Paul Matson, ASRS director, who notes that the retirement system is sitting on a whopping $25.5 billion pot of money.

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