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Action lacking despite opportunities to improve Arizona’s lobbyist reporting system

Action lacking despite opportunities to improve Arizona’s lobbyist reporting system

From lobbyists to lawmakers to advocacy groups, reactions to flaws in Arizona lobbying reports reflect an image of a system that needs to be improved.

Some proposals for how to improve the system have emerged, but any agreement on the solutions, not to mention the political will to enact them, still eludes lawmakers two years after the Fiesta Bowl lobbying scandal roped in dozens of politicians, top bowl officials and a handful of lobbyists.

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Money without merit (access required)

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Bonuses given to state workers who didn’t surrender protections

Raises for rank-and-file state employees came with a choice last year: Become an at-will employee in exchange for a 5-percent pay bump, or keep those protections and receive the same salaries they’d had since 2007.

The amount of money the deal directed toward political appointees and top staff, who are among the highest paid state employees, wasn't widely discussed.

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