Reforming the pension system for Phoenix employees may have to wait until city officials see how an overhaul of the state employee system plays out. Some reforms the city is considering are similar to state proposals that would force workers to pay more into the system. But a judge recently ruled that unconstitutional in a case brought against a state pension plan.Read More »
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Republican senators were briefed today about major changes to the state’s personnel system that the governor is seeking.Read More »
Nobody would call 2011 a dull year for Arizona politics. The soap opera fans got Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s side-of-the-road scuffle, the conspiracy theorists had their hands full with the Independent Redistricting Commission, and those who delight in schadenfreude watched the fall of Senate President Russell Pearce.Read More »
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill to change Arizona's four public employee retirement systems.Read More »
A bill to reform the state's pension systems passed the House today, a major victory for House Speaker Kirk Adams.Read More »
“They might buy us our plane ticket out of the state.” — Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, discussing how the Republicans would react if the Democrats in the House ever decided to leave the state to avoid a vote, as the Democratic senators in Wisconsin did over an anti-union bill.Read More »
In pursuing pension-reform, Speaker Adams travels a lonely road, and Sen. Yarbrough stops for visits along the way.
Two bills — one still embryonic, one written and ready — represent the common goal of reforming the state’s pension system. They also represent two very different approaches to legislation.
An amended pension-reform bill, sponsored by Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams, barely survived a stormy House committee hearing on Thursday.Read More »
House Speaker Kirk Adams said today that he is willing to hear the concerns of unions and other groups that may have concerns about his pension reform bill, as long as they don’t compromise his vision of “real reform.”Read More »