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State of Our State 2017

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.

News | Blogs | Events

Joseph Garcia, director of the Latino Public Policy Center at Morrison Institute, has received the Daniel R. Ortega Jr. Public Service Award.

Garcia, who also is director of communication & community impact at Morrison Institute, was...

(UPDATE: President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to halt family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, which were part of his administration's "zero-tolerance policy" regarding illegal...

In an opinion column in the Arizona Daily Star, Hilary Hiser, deputy town clerk for the Town of Marana, would like to remind   
candidates not to forget about independent voters and the importance of the Aug. 28 primary...

ASU Now featured Bianca Lucero, special events manager at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University's new center in Washington, D.C.

The proud alumna and die-hard Sun Devil graduated with a...

KTAR News reported that pay for teachers in Arizona is trending upward.

“Arizona has traditionally been towards the bottom of teacher pay,” said Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison...

KPHO 3TV Phoenix reported that the Trump Administration's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union will affect Arizona businesses and consumers.

Mexico and Canada, Arizona’s largest...

The Guardian reported that Arizona, with its growing population of young Hispanic voters, has long seemed a tempting prize for Democrats. Year after year, electoral success has eluded them. As the 2018 midterms approach, with Arizona one...

An editorial in The Arizona Republic promoted the third New Arizona Prize that will offer awards of $50,000 to the top five teams chosen in competition to “develop temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures...