Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I posted last week that this ruling was coming, (Update) Lawsuit to challenge the initiative to bankrupt the City of Tucson, but now it is official; the Pima County Superior Court entered its Order on Tuesday. Jim Nintzel at the Tucson Weekly writes, City Pension Initiative Headed For November Ballot:
The court battle over the proposed initiative to scrap the city’s pension system is over. Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner issued a ruling today putting Prop 201 on the ballot, so voters will get to decide the issue in November.
The city’s unions had tried to strike enough signatures from the petitions to knock the Sustainable Retirement Benefits initiative off the ballot, but didn’t quite manage to get enough of them disqualified. After all was said and done, backers of the proposal had 13,777 valid signatures, which exceeded the required 12,730, according to Marner's ruling.
Meanwhile, the latest campaign-finance report from the Yes on 201 Committee shows that it’s not exactly a local effort. All but $1,900 of the $159,925 received by the committee has come from either the Liberty Initiative Fund or the National Taxpayers Union, two Virginia-based groups.
Here is the question the Tucson media has yet to demonstrate any interest in answering. Paul Jacob and his Liberty Initiative Fund specializes in ballot measures. Jacob did not pick Tucson at random for this pension initiative. Someone in Tucson brought this guy to town for this initiative. The individuals fronting for the Committee for Sustainable Retirement -- Joseph LaRusso, sales director for Western Emissions, Inc., and Jack Heather, a CPA, PLLC -- are not the individuals responsible for bringing this out-of-state agitator to Tucson. That would be someone among the usual suspects in the GOP hierarchy in Pima County.
The Tucson media has an obligation to discover and to report who is really behind this Initiative to Bankrupt the City of Tucson (Prop. 201), and to find out what is driving this plot to financially bankrupt the City of Tucson and to turn us into Detroit. Start digging, the public is entitled to know the answers.