Politically loyal staffers get sharp pay increases under former House speaker

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By Hank Stephenson | Arizona Capitol Times

Just as he was preparing to leave office, then-House Speaker David Gowan announced that every employee of the Arizona House of Representatives would receive a modest 3 percent salary increase, a boost he said was “a gesture of appreciation and to keep up with inflation.”

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But records show a handful of staffers who made six figure salaries, many of them loyal to Gowan, received much bigger raises under Gowan’s tenure.

Arizona Capitol Times requested the records while Gowan was still in office, but they weren’t provided until the current House Speaker, J.D. Mesnard, took over.

The records illustrate a pattern of spending that came under question by Gowan’s own caucus.

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