USA Today picked up an Arizona Republic story describing simularities of last year's Arizona Senate Bill 1062 and the new "religious freedom" law Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this week, which critics say permits businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Unlike Arizona, Indiana's political world seemed unprepared for the storm of criticism.
The Arizona Republic reminds us that this April 1st, a partnership led by the Arizona Community Foundation will present a $100,000 prize to one of five teams vying to produce the best strategy for raising Arizonan's consciousness about water.
Joining the foundation are its partners the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University and Republic Media (parent company of The Arizona Republic and 12 News).
An editorial in the Arizona Daily Sun says Republicans might not think they have a mandate to do much other than cut government spending and wait for Arizona’s economy to improve. Meanwhile, other states are making targeted post-recession investments needed to jumpstart their economies.
The Arizona Republic reported that when asked about the budget at a recent event, Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will spend more than it ever has on K-12 education.
When measuring K-12 spending on a per-pupil basis, every year between fiscal 1994 and 2009 allocated more in 2015 dollars than the projected per-pupil spending under the fiscal 2016 budget, according to estimates from the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
An editorial in the Arizona Daily Sun makes the point that Arizona's new budget does not reflect the opinions of Arizonans. While Gov. Doug Ducey claims representation of Arizona values by not raising taxes, a statewide poll says otherwise.
Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini and reporter Richard Ruelas offer a debate on the possibility of legalizing marijuana use in Arizona on the Republic's AZ I See It column, arguing that marijuana is dangerous to our children. Supported by health findings, the pair consider that a recent poll reveals an odd divergence from social trends for protecting our children's health.
A recent ASUMorrison Institute for Public Policy survey found that some 45 percent of respondents support such legalization.
Prescott's The Daily Courier reports a political action committee opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona has formed. Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy plan to fight any ballot question seeking to legalize marijuana. Meanwhile, the Marijuana Policy Project and Safer Arizona continues to work on language for a ballot initiative.
Cronkite News reports while an effort to put the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2014 ballot foundered, there is a larger coalition for legalization this time around, in part because Washington and Colorado have done so.
A poll by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University suggested that 45 percent of Arizonans support making recreational marijuana legal for those 18 and older.