Phoenix taxpayers will likely pay dramatically more — up to $2.3 billion extra — for the pensions of police officers and firefighters over the next 30 years. That's the long-term impact of the City Council's decision Wednesday to punt on paying pension debt. They voted 7-2 to ask the state-run pension system to allow the city to prolong its payments. The council wants to have 30 years, instead of 20, to pay down the city's debt for the retirement benefits of public-safety workers.
Soaring pension costs are strangling Phoenix’s city budget, but city officials are weighing a plan to ease the near-term misery: Punt on paying pension debt, and spend big later. The maneuver could cost the city up to an additional $2.3 billion in police and fire pension costs over the next 30 years — and possibly much more if investments don’t perform as assumed.
The race for City Council in east Phoenix has become a two-man contest. Attorney Zofia Rawner announced Friday evening that she's suspending her campaign for the District 6 council seat, so progressive voters can coalesce their support behind one candidate in the Aug. 29 election. The remaining contenders are Councilman Sal DiCiccio, an outspoken conservative, and progressive Kevin Patterson, executive development director with Banner Health.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".