Near the end of the process, after months of debate, House and Senate negotiators needed some additional revenue in order to balance the state’s budget.Read More »
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A compromise between House Speaker Kirk Adams and Sen. Steve Yarbrough and their respective pension reform plans passed the House Employment and Regulatory Affairs committee meeting this week.Read More »
Private-sector unions have a long history in America, and apart from occasional problems involving union violence, mob racketeering, and intimidation by union bosses of rank-and-file workers, they have often served as a legitimate part of the American workplace.Read More »
As talk of pension reform heats up at the Capitol, organizations representing public safety employees such as police officers and firefighters may have to choose among three unappealing options: a bill they hate, a bill they hate even more and lawsuit they might lose.Read More »
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed Sen. Steve Yarbrough’s plan for overhauling pension systems for public safety employees, despite the near-unanimous opposition of the groups that would be affected.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 »
Despite a fairly positive report on the stability of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) earlier this year, a major business group with no direct involvement in the fund is expressing serious concern.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, none of whose member firms has employees enrolled in a public pension plan, is calling for a major overhaul of ASRS to radically change how benefits are calculated for future retirees.
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.