Susan Clark-Johnson, former executive director of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a professor of journalism at Arizona State University and a longtime news executive who capped her storied career as president of the Gannett Newspaper Division, has died at age 67.
Water Advocate: Arizona's water department is stretched to the breaking point. It's time for some major reinvestment.
by Kathleen Ferris, executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
It is time for the business community, all water interests and anyone who cares about Arizona to add their voices to the chorus calling for increased state funding for the Department of Water Resources.
Host Ted Simons introduces guest Thom Reilly on PBS Channel 8 public affairs program Horizon. Reilly, director of Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, discusses the new initiatives that will be faced by the non-partisan, independent premier think tank.
Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, an associate professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, has been named a 2015 Morrison Institute Faculty Fellow. He will work with the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center, helping with its Latino Education Success Initiative, which will launch this spring.
ASU News reported the College of Public Programs name change: henceforth the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. "The title better reflects the college’s commitment to service," said Jonathan Koppell, dean of the college.
The college is home to 17 research centers that work on some of the most pressing matters facing communities today, including sex trafficking, technology in policing and the scarcity of water in Arizona and the Southwest.
A Dec. 27 column in The Daily Courier by Chris Hoy, president of the Citizen's Water Advocacy Group,noted the importance of water policy in Arizona. Although it incorrectly stated that Senator Jon Kyl was appointed to direct the Kyl Center for Water Policy, in fact Sarah Porter has been named as inaugural director. But the column was correct in pointing out more attention is being directed toward Arizona's water issues in 2015.
A story in the National Journal reports how mentoring programs, such as the Aguila Youth Leadership Institute, are helping to close the minority education gap. An estimated 85 percent of Latino students in the mentoring program graduate from college. But too many other Latinos not only don't graduate with a college degree, they're dropping out of high school.
A Laurie Roberts column on AZCentral offered five areas new Governor Doug Ducey might focus his attention on first, including the state budget:
Individual and business tax cuts enacted over the last two decades have taken $3 billion a year out of the state treasury, according to a 2012 study by ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Instead of stimulating our economy they appear instead to have stimulated the size of the fiscal black hole in which we now find ourselves.
PHOENIX – Following a national search, natural resource expert and Audubon leader Sarah Porter has been named the inaugural director of the new Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute.
“I am so excited to join the new center and help it succeed in finding collaborative solutions to address our state’s water challenges,” said Porter, who had been with the Audubon Arizona since 2006, including as executive director since 2010.