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Arizona's Ballot Propositions (2014)In our latest publication, “Understanding Arizona's Propositions,” Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow David R. Berman looks at the pros and cons of three propositions (Prop 304, Prop 303, Prop 122) that will be on the November statewide ballot.

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Welcome to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy in the College of Public Programs at ASU. Currently, our group of researchers is engaged in several projects studying and advising the state of Arizona with regard to past and future policy.

While other institutions may single out for study a particular side of an argument, Morrison Institute has developed a uniquely non-partisan model recognizing that Arizona's past and future always favors independence. Our research must cut across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and locale. That's why research undertaken by Morrison Institute addresses all sides of an issue and all those impacted by the policy enacted.

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  • WATER: Arizona and the West's water futures
  • EDUCATION: The evolving role of education in a new economy
  • GOVERNANCE: Governance, elections and voter engagement
  • DEMOGRAPHICS: The growing Latino and aging populations
  • ECONOMY: Expand, diversify and enhance trade with Mexico
  • IMMIGRATION: Economic and citizenship policy
  • HUMAN SERVICES: Health care, domestic violence, and program evaluation

Latino Public Policy Center

The Latino Center was launched in 2012 to help clarify the impact of Latino-related issues, public policy and trends on Arizona’s collective future. The Latino Center provides nonpartisan and credible data, analysis, expertise and content to policy makers, educators, news media, business and community leaders for better-informed decisions regarding Arizona’s changing demographics.

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The Kyl Center for Water Policy will officially be launched at the State of Our State Conference on Nov. 14 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott.


Morrison Institute for Public Policy will host the next installment of its First Thursday Roundtable series on Dec, 4, with the topic focusing on Arizona's Sun Corridor in terms of local leaderships in a global economy.



KJZZ news reported on Proposition 487, the much-debated and controversial proposed pension reform ballot measure for Phoenix:

As Thom Reilly put it: “How do you determine who’s right, or who’s correct, or who’s...

Cronkite News reported that both Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups by requiring them to register with the Secretary of State’s Office. But in Arizona, is...

As part of USA Today's "Changing Face of America Project," The Arizona Republic examined the Valley's census tract and found an increase in diversity in most areas:

"When you talk about...

Former Gov. Raul Castro, the last Latino statewide officeholder elected in Arizona 40 years ago, has endorsed David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction, citing the need to close the Latino educational achievement gap.