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Arizona's Ballot Propositions (2014)In our latest publication, “Understanding Arizona's Propositions,” Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow David R. Berman looks at the pros and cons of three propositions (Prop 304, Prop 303, Prop 122) that will be on the November statewide ballot.

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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.

Our Seven Areas of Focus

  • WATER: Arizona and the West's water futures
  • EDUCATION: The evolving role of education in a new economy
  • GOVERNANCE: Governance, elections and voter engagement
  • DEMOGRAPHICS: The growing Latino and aging populations
  • ECONOMY: Expand, diversify and enhance trade with Mexico
  • IMMIGRATION: Economic and citizenship policy
  • HUMAN SERVICES: Health care, domestic violence, and program evaluation

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.

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A Zócalo/ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions discussion about how Phoenix as we know it came to be -- and the consequences of all its growth.


The roundtable panel will discuss the current status of legal medical marijuana in Arizona and explore questions surrounding potential future legalization of recreational marijuana, an expected 2016 ballot initiative. Angles to be discussed: public safety, public health, taxation and financial regulation.


PHOENIX – Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy on Thursday welcomed 12 new board members, who join longtime advisors and fellow leaders in guiding the state’s premier think tank.


An article in ASU Magazine’s Arts & Culture section reports how data collection and analysis are key ingredients to reinforce and rejuvenate arts programs.

Audiences involved with the fine arts have been steadily declining since the...

Matter and ProPublica News report that the scarcity of water in the Western states is as much a man-made crisis as a natural one. Governments and businesses, driven by a booming population, have been slow to reshape regulations...

In an Arizona Republic opinion piece, Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, explains all students are capable of learning and achieving.