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Higher pay key to solving teacher shortage

Research says that the quality of teaching is the No. 1 influence on the learning of children and will either advance them or hold them back. The Education Trust, a national research and advocacy organization says, “The caliber of teachers drives student success.”

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Securing Arizona’s future prosperity — A strategic vision for water supply sustainability

Arizona has a long history of addressing our water supply challenges. Before statehood, farmers and ranchers in Phoenix’s Salt River Valley put their own lands up as collateral to finance the construction of Roosevelt Dam, providing a more reliable water supply and reducing the impacts of flooding and drought as well as setting the stage for prosperity unimaginable in those early days.

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Families robbed of essential support system without unemployment benefits

Families robbed of essential support system without unemployment benefits

Imagine getting laid off from your job and struggling to support your family. Your first thoughts? How will you make rent or keep up with your mortgage payment? How will you buy groceries and pay the utility bills? Thankfully, unemployment benefits are a safety net while you look for work in a tough economy, to ease the financial burden and stress when you fall on hard times.

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Cities’ pension obligations get more public exposure under new rules

The balance sheets of Arizona cities, towns and counties will look very different next year simply because of changes in some key accounting rules. While accounting rules generally do not raise the interest of taxpayers, the new accounting standards on public pensions will require local governments to publish their long-term pension obligations. Addressing the long-term costs of public pensions has been a major focus of many conservative groups and this new disclosure may add new fuel to their interest.

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Phoenix City Council deserves accolades for stand against puppy mills

By requiring that pet stores in the city acquire dogs only from humane sources, the Phoenix City Council took an important step toward helping to protect the millions of dogs suffering in puppy mills. The ordinance will help shrink the supply of puppy mill dogs flowing into our market, thereby boosting adoptions for homeless animals and increasing sales for responsible dog breeders.

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