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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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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.

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A column in The Arizona Republic featured former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, and Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute, who say that “while Arizona is not now in a water crisis, we...

Cronkite News reported how business leaders and public officials had gathered at the North America Economic Connectivity Conference to discuss overcoming obstacles in connecting trade between Mexico, Canada and the United States.


Thom Reilly, director of Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy and a former county manager looks at a fundamental change on the horizon for local governments in the October issue of Governing...

Cronkite News featured a portrait of the town of Guadalupe, one of the poorest communities in Arizona according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers. Despite its lack of thriving local businesses, dilapidated housing, and...