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Can you get a per diem for writing a resignation letter?

Yee’s inquiry into excessive per diem reimbursements by two members of the Industrial Commission and the subsequent reporting on the matter in this publication and the Capitol Times appears to have netted her three scalps. ICA Chairman David Parker, Vice Chairman Michael Sanders and Director Laura McGrory resigned on Tuesday.

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Wink wink, nudge nudge

Several House Republicans told our reporter that, during the small group meetings two weeks ago to unveil the Biggs-Gowan four-point education plan, the unsustainability of Prop 301 was heavily discussed, but the ideal of repealing the inflation funding requirement was only alluded to.

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No agreement on how to make a session special

Several sources say that a special session for education funding is likely to occur by the end of the calendar year, and perhaps as soon as next month. What would be debated in that session is less clear, as sources told our reporter that Ducey and Biggs are the driving forces behind that discussion and are still at odds over what lawmakers would consider.

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Paperwork error lands Burns in hot seat

Bitter Smith isn’t the only Corp Commissioner whose lobbying activities are drawing scrutiny: Burns is registered as a lobbyist for a telecom trade group, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, the Republic reported this morning.

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Corp Comm drama will scramble 2016 field

A railbird familiar with the Corp Comm told our reporter there’s a lot of anger among commissioners after Tuesday’s divide over utility electioneering disclosure. Bitter Smith and Burns had previously said they were planning to run together in 2016, and Gray previously told our reporter he’d be running on a slate with Burns.

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