A combination of fear and the state’s dire financial straits has pushed long-battling parties in a Maricopa County lawsuit into a tenuous agreement allowing the state to drastically reduce funding for mental health services and eliminate the office that ensures the lawsuit provisions are met.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
ASRS official says state health care insurance ‘one step ahead’ of feds in many areasRead More »
Rick Romley, who was sworn in as interim Maricopa County attorney on April 16, said his initial focus is on repairing the agency’s relationship with the county’s judicial branch and officers.Read More »
Three GOP candidates have emerged in the special election to fill the last two years of Thomas’ term, and each of them are taking disparate campaign roads to get there. No Democrats have entered the race so far.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
Nobody who knew Helen Wiki Jackson would have described her as a passive person. Quite the opposite, in fact.Read More »
A group of big-business leaders Gov. Jan Brewer appointed at the beginning of this year to search for solutions to the state's significant job losses and dreary economic situation has submitted its initial report. They're just not talking about it.Read More »