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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.

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Helping state leaders, child advocates and others develop the most-effective child welfare policies.


Chamber Business News reported that Arizona home builders in the populous center of the state are worried that emerging water wars threaten the development of the Sun Corridor, the megaregion between Phoenix and Tucson.

As water...

PHOENIX - Only about one in five eligible voters cast ballots in Arizona primaries, despite the fact these races often serve as the decisive election for Congress and the Legislature. Independents, who often don't know they can participate in...

The Arizona Daily Star reported that with more than a week into the new school year, students at a school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math still don’t have enough qualified teachers. Instead, students are saddled...

ASU's Cronkite News reported that when Twitter announced it would delete inactive accounts, Arizona Sen. John McCain lost 210,000 followers. McCain had 3.39 million followers before the purge and 3.18 million after, a little more than 6...

An editorial in The Arizona Republic asked if Latinos should be excited or insulted that Democratic Arizona governor candidate David Garcia is touting his Hispanic heritage.

A fourth-generation Mexican-Americ...

The U.S. and Canada share a 5,000 mile border, the longest border between two countries in the world. The U.S. and Canada also share a history as trade partners resulting in a considerable Arizona export and import trade. President Trump recently...

KTVK 3TV Phoenix reported that while most of the attention on Arizona's education woes has centered on the issue of teacher pay, there are other issues plaguing public schools. One of the most pressing is classroom size.


The Tempe & West Chandler Wrangler News reported that the “Invest in Education Campaign” announced that more than 270,000 signatures—almost double the number needed— were gathered over the summer to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot....