The Arizona Republic's Phoenix City Hall reporter Dustin Gardiner was among the news media covering the final day of the Citizens' Initiative Review, which was hosted and organized by Morrison Institute for Public Policy. An excerpt from his news blog reads:
An independent group of Phoenix residents tasked with evaluating Proposition 487 — a ballot initiative seeking to end the city's employee-pension system for new hires — has outlined what it sees as its most pressing potential consequences, both positive and negative.
ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council are conducting a study on preparing youth with disabilities for life beyond high school to inform better policy.
Cronkite News Service reported that voter-approved Proposition 475, which makes Tempe the first Arizona city to amend its charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers, could be just the first of several Arizona municipalities declaring to be gay-friendly cities.
Joe Garcia, director of communication at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, said Proposition 475 clearly demonstrates how Arizona’s cities are moving beyond the state’s “retro” stance on gay rights.
The State Press reported on Arizona's first Citizens' Initiative Review being conducted by Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. The focus of this CIR project will be pension reform, which is on the November ballot for Phoenix voters to decide:
Thom Reilly, director of the Morrison Institute, said the issue of public pensions is very critical across the nation, but it has not been fully addressed by elected officials or unions, and cities have been adding citizens’ initiatives to try and find a solution.
GOP nominee Doug Ducey is the odds-on favorite to win the governor's race but Democrat Fred DuVal should not be taken lightly despite the fact no current statewide office holder in Arizona is a Democrat, political observors told The Associated Press.
Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said:
Morrison Institute for Public Policy this fall will conduct Arizona’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review, a direct-democracy, citizen-participant project to help voters better understand complex ballot issues.