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$100 Million QuestionPosted on April 04, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Tom Patterson
What could Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and City Council members have been thinking when they authorized a $100 million tax subsidy for CityNorth, a private development planned for northeast Phoenix?
Districts' cash pool beefs up lobbyPosted on February 12, 2007 | Type: In the News
East Valley school districts are spending tens of thousands of dollars to lobby the Legislature this year, in hope the lawmakers will send more of the state's precious funding their way. The Mesa Unified School District, the state's largest district, has budgeted up to $45,000 to spend on lobbying by Jaime Molera, a former state superintendent of public instruction. The district hired Molera, in part, to work with lawmakers on issues related to Career Ladder, a performance pay plan that is a large piece of how the district pays its teachers, he said.
Government lobbying at odds with taxpayer interestsPosted on February 09, 2007 | Type: In the News
Should citizens foot the bill for lobbyists? One think tank says no.
Red Carpet TreatmentPosted on January 30, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr
The Oscars are still a month away, so here are a few awards to tide you over. Drum roll, please. The winners of the Golden Turkey Award for taxpayer-funded lobbying are the Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, and the City of Tucson. In Arizona, these three government bodies are the top-spenders of tax dollars on lobbyists. And while they may be winners of the Golden Turkey Award, the losers are Arizona taxpayers.
Arizona's New Pop IdolPosted on January 17, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Noah Clarke
The British Pop band Naked Eyes was ahead of its time. Its 1983 hit song Promises, Promises sums up the Governor's health insurance proposal: