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Welcome to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy in the Watts 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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Fox News reported that recent polls show the Republican Senate candidate in Arizona continues gaining ground, suggesting the circus-like Kavanaugh hearings could help the GOP hold Congress.

The two women are virtually in a dead...

The Associated Press reported that a trial over water rights is underway in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history that will determine who has rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. The claims number in...

West Valley View reported that community members are concerned because Arizona’s incarceration rate has gone up, but crime has decreased, according to remarks made at a recent public Arizona Town Hall meeting.


Christine Thompson, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, wrote a commentary for The Seventy Four organization, a nonpartisan news site focused on education, in which she describes the on-going education challenges "in a state that...

Arizona Education News reported that in a series of meetings, Career and Technical Education administrators grappled with how to grade the state’s CTE programs. Disagreement prompted legislation to require each campus providing CTE be...

FOX News reported that in Arizona’s highly contested Senate race, it could all come down to independent voters to decide who will be the next senator.

“Independent voters may have a very large say on who serves in Arizona for the...

An editorial in Arizona State University's State Press noted that social media influencers such as celebrities and brands have taken the lead in increasing civic engagement for their audience of young people, and that is exactly what...

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...