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Big Prop. 124 win to change public-safety pensions

Proposition 124 sailed to easy victory Tuesday amid widespread support from firefighters, police officers and politicians who touted it as a way to improve the financially challenged Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

Early returns from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office showed the measure leading by an insurmountable margin in virtually every Arizona county. A large portion of early returns were mail-in ballots that were counted before polls closed at 7 p.m.

“I am just so proud of Arizona firefighters and police officers,” said Bryan Jeffries, president of the 7,000-member Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. He predicted Prop. 124 would put the pension system back on the road to financial health.

State Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, who engineered placement of the measure on the ballot, said supporters overcame long odds to achieve consensus and win passage.

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