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.
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.
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.
The Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board is helping identify ways to improve the East Valley city's relationships with diverse its communities, with a comprehensive report on the issue due to the City Council in late summer or early fall. According to The Arizona Republic, included in the report will be feedback from a forum and online Q&A responses, along with an analysis of tolerance in Mesa:
Tony Gioia, vice chairman of the Verde River Basin Partnership, wrote a commentary in the Camp Verde Bugle that it's important that all of Arizona -- including rural areas -- have a say in determining Arizona's future water policies.
In doing so, Gioia cited the Morrison Institute for Public Policy project, Arizona's Water Future, by writing:
Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting (AZCIR) and ABC15 spent three months investigating how Arizona regulates hazardous chemical storage facilities and whether the necessary plans are in place to protect residents and businesses from a disaster like the one that killed 15 people in West, Texas in 2013.
Differing views of education funding in Arizona are not uncommon, and two were featured recently in The Arizona Capitol Times "Capitol Quotes" section:
“It’s a compelling success story for the majority, how they continue to look at true education reform and how we are putting those dollars into our schools… That’s the good news that we’re not getting out or the press doesn’t want it to get out.”