Gas prices edge upward

Gas prices inched up this week, with the average price for a gallon of regular in Arizona jumping more than 2 cents to $3.54 on Thursday, AAA Arizona said.

The national average climbed almost a penny in a week to $3.66 per gallon.

Tucson and Flagstaff had the lowest and highest state averages at $3.36 and $3.72 per gallon, respectively.

Board backs session
on pension overhaul

PHOENIX — The state’s police and fire pension oversight board has voted to urge the governor to call a special session of the Legislature to make changes to the pension system and bolster its finances.

The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System’s board voted 6-1 Thursday but did not specifically endorse a proposal from the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona.

Under that proposal, most police and fire department retirees statewide would give up cost-of-living increases early in their retirements and then see smaller increases than they now receive. They would also fund their own yearly pension increases.

The Legislature would likely have to adopt an overhaul plan and refer it to voters as a constitutional amendment.

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on business awards

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Staff and wire reports

Staff and wire reports