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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

Phoenix Business Journal posted a blog by Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, saying that Arizona companies need to fill thousands of openings. "That’s good news for the state," wrote Zylstra. "The bad...

In a column for AZCentral, Linda Valdez writes that the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District was not created to raid water from other counties, but that's what's happening.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto says...

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Or should I say, Happy Statehood Day.

It was on this day – 106 years ago on Feb. 14, 1912 – when President William Howard Taft made an honest woman out of the Arizona Territory by making her the 48th state....

ASU Now reported that this year's Morrison Prize was awarded to authors navigating rocky terrain of partisan politics. Even with widespread agreement that the world’s climate is rapidly changing, the United States has struggled to combat...

KPNX 12News presented a Cronkite News report that stated nearly 1,000 DACA recipients in our state currently work as teachers. That number will continue to rise as DACA college students studying education graduate and find jobs...

KJZZ reported that while drought conditions persist in Arizona, people in the water policy world are trying to keep the Colorado River, lifeline for the Southwest, at healthy levels.

“The one thing we know about the future is that...

The White Mountain Independent reported that education could very well be the defining issue across many state races in 2018 and Jonathan Gelbert, a Republican from northwest Phoenix, thinks he can be the voice for that issue. He’s...

The Arizona Republic reported that Gov. Doug Ducey, in his final State of the State address before asking voters to return him to the executive office, invoked issues that should bridge any political or ideological divide, such as...