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SRP approves solar fee and rate hike (access required)

About 50 people protested outside Salt River Project's board meeting to decide on a monthly solar fee Thursday morning. The crowd chanted "Sol not coal" and "Don't rebate and switch" ahead of the board's decision, which would cost the average solar customer an additional $50 per month. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)

Salt River Project’s board of directors approved a rate hike Thursday that would add a solar demand charge of about $50 on average and a 3.9 percent increase for all SRP users, ending a three-month process of public meetings and solar industry outcry.

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The truth about pension reform for Phoenix

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Phoenix’s public employee pension system is currently $1.5 billion in debt and on Nov. 4, voters will decide whether to make significant reforms to erase the debt or stick with the status quo. Opponents of the Phoenix Pension Reform Act claim it will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and that similar reforms in other states have been failures. But they’ve got the facts all wrong.

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