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Despite concerns, firings haven’t increased since 2012 personnel reform (access required)

Despite concerns, firings haven’t increased since 2012 personnel reform <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A massive personnel reform package pushed through the Legislature by Brewer in 2012 dramatically shifted the balance of power between the state and its employees. The law made most new employees at-large, or “uncovered,” and required covered employees to give up their merit protection in order to receive promotions or raises. Covered employees were offered bonuses to entice them to switch to uncovered status.

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Study: Most independents identify as moderates (access required)

Study: Most independents identify as moderates <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A study by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy showed that registered independents, who last year became the largest bloc of voters in the state, overwhelmingly view themselves as moderates, are issue-driven and, perhaps most importantly, don’t exercise the political muscle they have in elections.

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