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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 Service & Community Solutions 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. To see more information about the mission and staff, please see the About section.

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.

Our Seven Areas of Focus

  • 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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Join us April 30 for an informative conversation about increasing citizen participation in the democratic process:

  • Citizens' Initiative Review
  • Arizona Voices
  • Arizona Clean Elections

Join us May 26 for an informative conversation about increasing citizen participation in the democratic process:


Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, ASU associate professor and research fellow at the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center, was elected to serve on the American...

Cronkite News reports that deep cuts in funding and staffing the Arizona Department of Water Resources are alarming Arizona's water experts.


Citing the Morrison-Cronkite Poll, an opinion piece in the Arizona Republic states that the National Education Association ranks Arizona last in funding.

Education funding is pre-eminently a question of family...

Supporters of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona submitted a ballot initiative, and if they collect 150,642 registered voter signatures before June of next year, the issue will be put to vote in 2016.