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Brewer’s personnel plan seeks to ease firing, hiring state workers (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking to fundamentally alter the way state employees are hired, fired and managed.

In short, the governor wants to make it easier for administrators to hire and fire workers.

In a two-page outline of her “personnel reform” proposal, obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times today, newly hired rank-and-file employees would no longer be considered “covered,” meaning the state would strip away some protections and rights to appeal they are currently afforded.

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GOP lawmakers seeking strict spending caps (access required)

Republican legislators are striving to mark Arizona’s centennial with a fundamental change to how the state spends its money that would effectively shackle future Legislatures from creating any new government program unless they found a corresponding place to cut spending.

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And $1,500 for tow truck management… wait, what?

The expenditures listed on campaign finance reports for political parties typically are what you would expect: salaries, office and travel expenses, website development, bank fees, polling, rental fees for events and political consulting fees. Something stands out, however, on the Arizona Republican Party’s state campaign finance report.

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