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 magazine:
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 students struggling to stay in school, residents say the town stays connected through their culture and faith.
In a Viewpoint in the Arizona Republic, Brett Johnson, vice president of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, stated that Arizona is sending a clear message that it’s open for business beyond its borders.
“Arizona is a model of innovative and progressive ideas, shaping a bright future and causing global opportunists to strategize on how to get involved here,” he wrote.
Phoenix Business Journal featured the 2015 Datos report that shows the Hispanic population as having a greater impact on the Valley and state with a 70 percent increase in Hispanic-owned businesses since 2007 and an annual revenue totaling $9.9 billion.
In an opinion piece in the Arizona Daily Star, Brad Johns, a spokesman for Taxpayers Against Pima Bonds, questions upcoming voter propositions that are touted to increase business, tourism, jobs, and sales tax revenues, saying they fail to provide details of any economic return for Tucson.
In an interview with the Payson Roundup, Payson Superintendent Greg Wyman said he hopes the legislative leadership listens to the growing public demand to resolve the lawsuit issue for public education that started when voters passed a measure requiring the state to keep up with inflation when funding schools. To balance the budget, the state sidestepped the measure and has ignored a court order requiring them to restore funding.
Payson Roundup reported that the approved $29 million cut in the state’s Career Technical Education program for the 2016-17 school year represents a potential tragedy for many students. Not only will this affect the classes, but the student organizations that go along with the programs.
Arizona Capitol Times presented a feature on the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute as being key to resolving water rights issues that face Arizona. Kyl Center director Sarah Porter and her team have set out to determine the nature, extent and relative priority of these rights. The process is known as general stream adjudication.
New York Observer featured an opinion piece about the possibility of evolving demographics that would potentially affect the course of presidential politics – most notably in Texas and Arizona. However, based on the most recent results and expert analyses, neither state is yet close to flip from Republican to Democratic in presidential elections.