Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thom Reilly, director of Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, contributed the idea of “benchmarking” to Governing magazine’s Voices feature.

Benchmarking -- collecting data on compensation for comparable jobs in other organizations (public and private) -- establishes a reasonable market rate. It means paying high-enough salaries so organizations can easily recruit and retain quality staff, while not paying more than necessary.

Too few local governments are taking advantage of this valuable tool, notes Reilly.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Arizona Republic reported Proposition 104, a $31.5  billion, 35-year transportation proposal that will go to city voters in August, literally could reshape the way Phoenix looks at itself.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

12News reported that according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the rate of Hispanics dropping out of high school is more than 13 percent. This gap in the Hispanic community in the Valley has people in education getting ready for the next school year.

Set to start in the fall, Arizona State Univeristy's new project plans to reach Hispanic students through guided efforts and prepare them for higher education.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

12News reported an out-of-state appeals court's decision marks the next phase of a fight more than two decades old over how Arizona handles non-English-speaking students.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Arizona, allowing schools to separate students for up to four hours a day to learn English.

Joseph Garcia, Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center director at Arizona State University, says this way of teaching the language isn't effective, and students get behind in other subjects.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

KJZZ radio asked Rhett Larson, Senior Research Fellow at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, about the 90-year-old Colorado River law that essentially forces states to waste water.

Larson, an Arizona State University Law Professor, said what makes the law of the river antiquated is that it assumes historical trends of the amount of water in the Colorado River.

Larson suggests if the law simply apportioned percentages of the stream flow, rather than apportioning amounts of water, states would share Colorado River water equally.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Yuma Sun reported about 25 local residents, many representing local agencies, attended the Morrison Institute for Public Policy voter education forum to learn about ways citizens can get involved in state politics on the local level.

Expanded from a pilot program in 2014, the Citizens Initiative Review is a new effort to educate voters on the often-complex ballot initiatives. Modeled on programs in Oregon and Colorado, it aims to provide impartial information about complex ballot propositions.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Phoenix’s 12News reported according to Excelencia in Education, an organization for Latino student success, only 16 percent of degree-earning students at ASU are Hispanic.

The director of the Latino Public Policy Center (at Morrison Institute for Public Policy) at ASU, Joseph Garcia says it's an issue that affects all Arizona.

"In many respects, because of the demographic change, as Latinos go, so goes Arizona," said Garcia.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Arizona Republic reported Arizona leaders are starting to worry that California's water crisis will ensnare Arizona if Congress or the U.S. Interior Department get involved.

At a forum organized by the Salt River Project, Gov. Doug Ducey said in his keynote address that his predecessors and the state's water managers have wisely conserved and banked water in the ground — and that the state shouldn't be penalized for it.

"Historically it's been imperative that Arizona fight for our fair share of this resource," he said.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Arizona Daily Sun reported according to the Census Bureau, Arizona continued to be among the lowest states in the nation for per pupil school spending, and its expenditures were falling while the rest of the nation’s were rising. Arizona spent $7,208 per student in fiscal 2013, well below the national average of $10,700, and 49th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

From the Editor: Green Valley News & Sun attended Morrison Institute's CIR Forum in Tucson and found it worthy of supporting. The Citizens' Initiative Review gives voters a clear, objective — and in-depth — look at initiatives in everyday language.

Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute thinks they might have a better plan — one that prepares and even emboldens voters when it comes to confusing initiatives and the campaign lies that often surround them.

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