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Mills’ camp says Prop. 100 not a Brewer victory

Mills' consultant Camilla Strongin said she wasn't surprised at all to see the sales tax increase sail to an easy victory - and added Brewer's near constant urging for the measure will come back to haunt the governor in the GOP primary. "I think it clearly solidifies her credentials as a tax-hike governor," she said. Strongin attributed the election night blowout to the total lack of an opposition campaign and a combination of "misinformation and scare tactics."

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For many lawmakers, disclosures don’t provide estimate of holdings’ total value

Among other things, financial disclosure forms require lawmakers to list assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real property to identify potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers also have to assign broad ranges of value to each asset. But estimating the maximum total value of a lawmaker’s holdings is impossible in many cases. The reason: The forms have an uppermost range of “more than $100,000,” and 49 of 90 lawmakers serving at the start of the 2010 session listed one or more assets in the highest range.

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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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