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The Tucson agenda

Tucson looks to invest flush city budget surplus in public safety, streets & transit

Tucson's $158 million "fund balance" creates opportunities for the City Council to spend on transportation and public safety priorities. Plus, more in our quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week. ... Read more»

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The Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to discuss how Huckelberry's 'double dip' happened on their watch

Pima County Supervisors Matt Heinz and Steve Christy — hardly a buddy movie in the making — both have questions about how the county's former top executive was able to retire with no one knowing.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Huckelberry's two scoops of a double dip — pension scandal or business as usual?

Pima County's top administrator is poised to nearly double his income after taking a small cut to his salary. It's called a pension "double dip" and Chuck Huckelberry just set himself up for one. It's a scandal, right? Yes, it is. And no, it's not. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

No cancellation: Tucson's Cherrybell mail center gets approval stamp from Postal Service bill

Tucson's Cherrybell postal operation has been defying death for so long, it should be a Marvel franchise. The odds of it staying open just improved with the U.S. Postal Service measure passing Congress. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Invest in Ed socks it to the rich — and it's more than fair

The Invest in Ed ballot initiative may have flaws but "class warfare" ain't any of them, Republican protestations to the contrary aside. In fact, it’s time for that tired political phrase to scrapped. ... Read more»

Arizona taxpayers could pay more as pension costs continue to rise

Pension costs for Arizona police officers and firefighters are rising to the point they are overburdening taxpayers, according to a legislative committee that is seeking reforms.... Read more»

Supreme Court to hear dispute on pension payments in Arizona divorce

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Monday whether an Arizona veteran who gave up some of his pension in order to get disability payments has to reimburse the ex-wife who was supposed to get half his military pension as part of their divorce settlement.... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol overtime, pension plan could backfire long term

Border Patrol agents nearing retirement are being locked into a set number of overtime hours under a policy aimed at controlling pension costs that could end up driving scheduling decisions, a recent report said.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 124: A short take on a bad idea and a good ballot measure

Proposition 124, ladies and gentleman, is the constitutional equivalent of removing the beer goggles that led to an unfortunate face tattoo devoted to a one-night stand during a raging party in 1998.... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in May school funding election

It might seem like we just had an election, but it's time for another: the deadline to register to vote in the May 17 election on the controversial Proposition 123 school-funding shift is Monday. A pension proposition will also be on the ballot.... Read more»

Officials: Az’s slip in state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern

Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.... Read more»

Factcheck: Congressional pensions

Q: Can members of Congress retire and receive their full pay after serving one term? A: No. Only senators are eligible for a pension after one term, but it won’t be their full salary.... Read more»

Analysis

Az pension systems recovering, still best value for taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona's public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state's pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill. ... Read more»

Bill targets 'pension poachers,' but some worry it doesn’t go far enough

Lawmakers hope to make it harder for “pension poachers” to hide the assets of elderly veterans, but at least some advocates worry that the proposed fix may end up hurting the vets it is designed to protect.... Read more»1

'Pension poachers' profit off benefits meant for elderly veterans, widows

Business is booming in a multibillion-dollar government program that offers modest pensions to America’s neediest elderly war-time veterans – and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Lawmakers, advocates and government officials say unscrupulous financial advisers – “pension poachers” – are taking advantage of veterans, selling unneeded services, making promises they can’t keep and helping hide assets for veterans who may then be unable to access their own funds if they need them.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Barber feeling heat from own party over shutdown vote

Former Pima County Democratic chairmen Jeff Rogers and Paul Eckerstrom, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Goldwater Institute attorney Jon Riches, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

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