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State of Our State 2018


Morrison Institute Welcomes You

Welcome to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at ASU. Currently, our group of researchers is engaged in several projects studying and advising the state of Arizona with regard to past and future policy. To see more information about the mission and staff, please see the About section.

While other institutions may single out for study a particular side of an argument, Morrison Institute has developed a uniquely non-partisan model recognizing that Arizona's past and future always favors independence. Our research must cut across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and locale. That's why research undertaken by Morrison Institute addresses all sides of an issue and all those impacted by the policy enacted.

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Latino Public Policy Center

The Latino Center was launched in 2012 to help clarify the impact of Latino-related issues, public policy and trends on Arizona’s collective future. The Latino Center provides nonpartisan and credible data, analysis, expertise and content to policy makers, educators, news media, business and community leaders for better-informed decisions regarding Arizona’s changing demographics.

Arizona Legislative Academy

The Arizona Legislative Academy was facilitated by the Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions and ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy. It is the first university-based program in the country to address a perennial challenge: building capacity in the state legislature.

The Arizona Capitol Times named Morrison Institute for Public Policy as one of its 2016 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy, with the Arizona State University center being recognized for its contributions to education.

Morrison Institute, which celebrates its 35th year in 2017, has a longstanding reputation for bringing education issues to the forefront in terms of economic and workforce development and its intrinsic link to a prosperous future for the state and its residents.

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While many potential voters care deeply about local and state issues, 45 percent of Arizonans of voting-age population did not vote in the 2016 general election.

ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy presents two reports:


Cronkite News reported that as civil discourse is missing in the world of politics, there's a call to focus more on the issues and less on the mudslinging.

"Remarkably, we are all Americans, " said Joseph Garcia, director of the...

ASU's State Press reported that with the general elections on Nov. 6 fast approaching, political organizations at ASU are seeking to bring millennials, a demographic that typically follows politics but rarely participates in elections,...

Arizona Republic columnist Linda Valdez wrote that recent census figures put Arizona second only to Florida as a destination for today's retirees, and it’s the great outdoors that Baby Boomer retirees crave, but we aren’t taking care of...

Cronkite News reported that an estimated 88,529 Arizonans rose out of the ranks of poverty last year, but that still left about 1 million – or one state resident in seven – living below the poverty level, new data show. The latest Census...

Cronkite News reported that a recent study, "Arizona's Voter Crisis," authorized by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, says the state ranks 43rd in national voter turnout. How can that be when Arizona set a record...

The Arizona Republic reported that in a poll conducted Sept. 4-6 by Phoenix-based company Data Orbital, about 49 percent of likely voters indicated they would vote for Republican Doug Ducey in the governor's race while about 41 percent...

Pregnant women below the poverty line in Arizona face numerous headaches in their everyday lives, including access to affordable dental care.

Pregnant women are more likely to experience swelling and bleeding of the gums compared to...

The Payson Roundup reported that State Senator Sylvia Allen stopped by the Payson Tea Party to discuss and recommend how to vote on the five propositions on the November ballot.