Arizona voters will decide in November on giving state lawmakers a raise.Arizona's Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers voted to propose a legislative pay of $35,000, an $11,000 increase over the current pay of $24,000. Thanks to the Arizona Constitution, voters have the final say on t ... More >>
A proposed contract with new Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher shows his annual compensation package is worth about $50,000 less than his predecessor's.The contract is scheduled to be considered by the city council at Wednesday's meeting.
It's not exactly shocking that those with higher educations generally earn more money. But a paper published through the National Bureau of Economic Research also finds that those with a higher education are generally healthier as well.Researchers from ASU, the University of Chicago, and the Univers ... More >>
Phoenix City Council members this week amended labor agreements with two unions to comply with a court ruling that found the city's long-standing practice of including "release time" in its contracts violated the state's gift clause. That clause prohibits gifts of public money to people or business ... More >>
Arizona Democratic Congressman Ron Barber wants members of Congress to "share the pain" with federal employees who've seen a reduction in pay, or will be threatened with a reduction in pay, due to budget cuts.This "pain" apparently would be felt under Barber's proposal of a 20-percent reduction of C ... More >>
The eyebrow-raising part of the newly-released "Reporter's Guide to the Goldwater Institute," isn't that GI's executives make lavish six-figure salaries working for a non-profit 501c3, or that the Goldwater Institute is, according to the report, a tool of the Koch bothers and the American Legislativ ... More >>
A legal battle over whether Phoenix police union leaders should be able to perform union-related duties while collecting their taxpayer-funded salaries has pitted two uber-conservative groups -- Goldwater Institute and Judicial Watch -- against each other. At the crux of the debate is Goldwater's ... More >>
An oil company owned by the family of Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is being sued for alleged wage violations and retaliation against a former employee.Bennett's Oil Company -- of which the Secretary of State is the former CEO and a current director -- is being accused by a former cashier o ... More >>
Anti-union sentiments among Arizona's conservative politicos aren't letting up. Four anti-union bills aimed at thwarting unions' existence in the public sector sailed out of the Senate's Government Reform committee on Wednesday.
Glendale Human Resources Director Alma Carmicle got a bonus and a bump in pay -- at a time when wages were frozen for employees citywide -- and was allowed to remain on Glendale's payroll even though she and her family moved to Mississippi.The Arizona Republic reported that Carmicle "received a near ... More >>
centralphoenixinn.comPhoenix mayoral candiates met at the Lexington Hotel for a lively exchangeQuite a lively exchange at the Downtown Voices Coalition's mayoral forum at the Lexington Hotel. At most forums, candidates cleave to the their talking points and engage in political niceties, but resid ... More >>
Phoenix workers protest of SB1322Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Senate Bill 1322, a measure that would have required large cities, namely Phoenix and Tucson, to open up certain city services to competitive bids from private companies. Brewer said it was "riddled with shortcomings""It's a good victo ... More >>
Councilman Sal DiCiccioIs Councilman Sal DiCiccio playing the victim card?The councilman claims he has been the target of attacks over his political beliefs that city services should be privatized and city employees are overcompensated.DiCiccio was in a city meeting and unavailable for comment. I ... More >>
Representative Ann KirkpatrickBig ups to Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, who reaffirmed her commitment to a Congressional pay cut today by writing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter demanding a floor vote on a resolution she introduced in March.The United States government is $13.5 tr ... More >>
Gannett Blog reports that the media company might be preparing for more across-the-board layoffs. The blog, which has done a good job predicting previous layoffs, says it receives a comment recently from one its best sources that says: 1. Principal executive and Chief Financia ... More >>
After more than 56 years, GM is closing its Mesa test track, the Desert Proving Ground. Most employees have already moved to a new facility in Yuma. The move is termed "only coincidental" with GM's recent bankruptcy...A Valley street was closed last night after a group of people fired guns ... More >>
In a move that might cause a few sour notes, the Phoenix Symphony convinced its musicians to agree to a 17 percent pay cut over the next three years.The "landmark" deal between the Phoenix Symphony Association and Phoenix Symphony Musicians had to be done: The symphony says its contributions are way ... More >>
Every journalist loves a good leak, and Gannett's got enough of them to keep a whole Web site afloat. We told you about Gannett's latest round of furloughs yesterday (okay, that was after the Gannett-owned newspaper published its own an Associated Press article -- but azcentral buried it). Today, a ... More >>
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