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Eliminating Pension Spiking

PLEA v. City of Phoenix

Case Status

Date Filed

October 13, 2014

Last Step

Briefing complete in AZ Court of Appeals.

Next Step

Awaiting oral argument schedule.

Case Overview

Prior to the Goldwater Institute’s lawsuit, pension spiking costs Phoenix taxpayers millions. As a result of the new contracts that eliminate pension spiking among public safety employees, taxpayers will save an estimated $233 million over 25 years – a savings of nearly $10 million a year.

Following the contract changes that ended pension spiking in Phoenix, government unions sued the city, claiming that the contract changes were unlawful. The unions requested that the Court restore the provisions that were removed as a result of Goldwater’s taxpayer lawsuit.  Those provisions violate the plain language of state law. So the unions are requesting that the Court order the city to reinstate clearly illegal contracts.

Case Logistics

The clients are Phoenix taxpayers Mike Dupuy and Jim Jochim. The judge is the Arizona Court of Appeals.

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