AZ Week: Protect Employees or Cut Red Tape?

Posted on March 05, 2012 | Type: Video
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Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal to end civil service protection for most of the state's 82,000 employees is drawing keen attention from government reformers and unions alike...
 
“You really need a wholesale and comprehensive reform of the system to eliminate those presumptions that are so easily manipulated by creative lawyering," said Nick Dranias, director of the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, in an interview for Arizona Week.
 
The Goldwater Institute has pushed governmental personnel reform and produced an in-depth investigative report in December 2010 that has helped drive Brewer's proposed policy changes.
 
“What does it take to discipline a government worker?," asked Mark Flatten, an investigative journalist for the Goldwater Institute. He reported and wrote the influential piece.
 
"What we found is there is a litany of rules, regulations, statutes, in some cases union contracts that make it very difficult, very time consuming, very expensive,” Flatten said in an Arizona Week interview.

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