Cronkite News Service resports that only booming North Dakota is expected to post a better job growth rate than Arizona this year, accordinng to tje U.S. Regional Outlook 2014 by Moody’s Analytics, providing optimism among economists and business leaders:
These observations were echoed by Sapna Gupta, senior policy analyst at ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. She said more hiring in the construction industry – both residential and commercial – and in health-care fields will continue to provide Arizona with an edge in job growth.
The Arizona Republic reported that U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, has unexpectedly announced that he will not seek re-election after 23 years on Capitol Hill, leaving many political observers perplexed:
One longtime observer of Arizona politics likened Pastor to former three-term U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who did a lot of work for the state but didn’t always need to be the center of attention or claim the credit.
The passage of SB 1062 has many people, including The Washington Post today, asking: "What's the deal with Arizona?"
This is not the first time that question has been posed. In fact, Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr. took a stab at answering that question at the 2011 State of Our State Conference.
Watch Gammage's well-received response with video above or link below:
NBC reports that the harsh anti-immigration rhetoric that helped propel Republicans in 2010 has all but disappeared from the 2014 campaign.
“It became a very popular issue [in 2010], if you wanted to become elected to just about anything,” said David Berman of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, citing the wide public support for state immigration-enforcement efforts.
The Arizona Republic reports that Wickenburg is looking for ways to keep its identity and still attract the right kind of growth, despite a proposed Phoenix-to-Las Vegas interstate highway that would bypass the Western town:
Education and jobs for younger people are two keys elements to pay attention to when planning for the future, said Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst with Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
Governor Jan Brewer's surprise announcement in her State of the State address that she has signed an executive order to abolish the plagued Child Protective Services in favor of a new agency was met with mix reaction by observers, as reported in The Arizona Republic:
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl discusses Arizona water issues after his participation in "Let's Talk Water," a Nov. 19 forum hosted by Morrison Institute for Public Policy and sponsored by Arizona Community Foundation.