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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Under-fire incumbents in races for Arizona attorney general and state superintendent for public instruction went down in flames in their GOP primary contests, but their shared fate should come as little surprise, political observers told The Arizona Republic.

"Tom Horne and John Huppenthal are no-brainers," said Bruce Merrill, a veteran political scientist and a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. "Their behavior was reprehensible. The public knew that."

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Friday, August 22, 2014

What difference would a court order for the state to immediately allocate $317 million to K-12 schools - part of a larger, $1.6 billion judgment - make for Arizona students?

It would move Arizona up a notch in U.S. rakings for per-pupil funding, to 46th (up from 47th), said Morrison Institute Senior Policy Analyst Dan Hunting.

"I don't think people realize what a huge hole we've dug ourselves into education-wise in this state," Hunting said in an interview on 12 News.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr. responded to recent criticism from an Arizona Republic guest column that no, he is not the state's self-appointed "water czar."

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thom Reilly, director Morrison Institute for Public Policy, recently was interviewed on KJZZ 91.5 to discuss shortages in public safety and other government agencies as experienced workers leave their positions.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cronkite News Service reported that while the U.S. unemployment rate is improving, the jobless rate among people with disabilities stubbornly remains high.

The reasons cited vary from "employers’ hesitation to hire, disabled people’s fears that a job could cost them benefits and a federal benefits system that creates a 'disincentive to work.'"

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Phoenix New Times reporter Monica Alonzo reports:

Comprehensive immigration reform dominated the candidate forum at South Mountain Community College last week -- and no wonder, considering that voters in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District are overwhelmingly Democratic Latinos.

And here's a shocker: All of the candidates at the forum -- a politician, a preacher, an attorney and a teacher -- support immigration reform that includes halting deportations and a path to citizenship.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and several Valley mayors released a research report last week that measured the economic impact of high school dropouts in Arizona. According to AZEDNEWS:

The more than 18,000 Arizona students who dropped out of high school this year will produce $7.6 billion less economic activity over their lifetimes than if those same students had graduated, according to a new report by the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

By Richard N. Morrison

Approximately 46 percent of all Arizona households are one step away from falling into abject poverty, according to Arizona State University research done for the recent Arizona Town Hall.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Horizon, Channel 8

Host: Ted Simons

The Sun Corridor is the region of Arizona made up of Phoenix, Tucson and areas north and south of the two major cities. Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy has released a new report about making the area more competitive globally and with other states. Dan Hunting, Senior Policy Analyst at Morrison Institute and one of the report’s authors, will discuss his findings.

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