Blogs


Dan Hunting

Public money for private schools or accountability?
Dan Hunting
February 18, 2016

"I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson[i]

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Joseph Garcia

Feb. 22 deadline to register for AZ presidential primary
Joseph Garcia
February 17, 2016

OK, independent voters, we all should know the rules by now: Contrary to popular belief, you actually can vote in Arizona’s primary election – except of course when you can’t, like in the upcoming Presidential Preference Election.

Still confused?


Kathleen Ferris

Water: In Praise Of Cities
Kathleen Ferris
February 1, 2016

Flint, Michigan has been on my mind a lot lately.


Erica McFadden

Disability issues among AZ policy challenges
Erica McFadden
January 21, 2016

People often ask me why disability issues should be considered a top priority among all of the other pressing issues facing our state.

My answer: Unaddressed disability issues contribute to many of Arizona’s top policy challenges.  


Kathleen Ferris

In Memoriam: Wes Steiner, A Public Servant
Kathleen Ferris
January 19, 2016

A great man passed away on January 6, 2016 just shy of his 94th birthday. His name was Wes Steiner. If you weren’t around in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, you might not have heard of Wes. But the western water community knew him well. He was a visionary and a pioneer, and his influence on water management in Arizona has been profound.


Kathleen Ferris

Wanted: A Few Good Leaders
Kathleen Ferris
January 12, 2016

“Lead” is a verb. It means to guide, to show the way. Protecting Arizona’s water future will require our elected officials to lead us forward the way past generations took charge when it mattered before.

There is no better example of the kind of leadership needed than was exhibited in the passage of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act.


Kathleen Ferris

Five Actions To Secure Arizona’s Water Future
Kathleen Ferris
January 3, 2016

2015 was a big year for headlines and stories about water and, given the nearly 16-year drought, we can expect no less in 2016. That’s a good thing because it keeps the momentum going for necessary change.

But words alone will not ensure a sustainable water supply for Arizona’s future. Here are five actions that leaders need to take in 2016 to help keep the state prosperous.


Sarah Porter

2 legislative priorities for Arizona water
Sarah Porter
January 3, 2016

Somehow the Arizona Legislature must figure out a way to make it snow — heavily — over the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains.


Sharon Megdal

Israel's water lesson for Arizona
Sharon B. Megdal
November 2, 2015

Desalination isn't so cost-prohibitive anymore, and that's important for our future water supply.

I just returned from an exciting visit to Israel, my 10th since 2010. Each time I visit the region I learn new things about their efforts to manage water resources.

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