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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Phoenix’s 12News spoke with Sarah Porter, director of ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, about plans for a Nestlé water-bottling plant in west Phoenix that will bottle millions of gallons of filtered tap water in one of the driest states in the nation.

"If this were a new Coke or Pepsi factory, we wouldn't be having this conversation," Porter said. "If this were a new brewery, we'd probably be celebrating."

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Arizona State University's State Press reported that Gov. Doug Ducey announced the education funding plan Proposition 123 has passed.

Dan Hunting, senior policy analyst at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said the arguments for and against the proposition were sound and that the proposition is a small step toward fixing a larger problem with funding education.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Arizona Republic reported that the world's largest water bottler intends to open a bottling plant in Phoenix. Nestle Waters will revamp a west warehouse to treat city water and sell Pure Life brand bottles, city and company officials said.

Water experts at Arizona State University have mixed feelings about the bottling plant.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Corbin Carson of KTAR News shared a closer look into Arizona’s criminal justice system.

Arizona taxpayers are paying big bucks to keep people locked up in prison, more than 48,000 inmates, at a whopping $1 billion annually.

“We’ve been sentencing more people to prison at a higher rate of growth than our state population, and our state tax base has grown,” Dan Hunting, senior policy analyst with Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

We learned more from John Matsusaka, executive director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California, and Thom Reilly, director of Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Phoenix’s KPNX 12 News looked at a TV commercial and video posted by the Yes on Prop 123 campaign that claims a “no” vote would cut hundreds of millions of dollars from schools.

A fact check shows it's not that simple. The state and many school districts have put together two budgets for next year -- one budget if Prop 123 passes, another budget if it doesn't.

Under the state's “yes” budget, per-pupil spending would climb 6 percent next year with the new 123 money. Under the “no” budget, per-pupil spending would increase by 1 percent.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

The Casa Grande Dispatch was on hand at Maricopa’s Elements Event Center to hear a community discussion on the challenges faced by developmentally disabled people and to discover Maricopa’s specific needs aimed to help those find employment and make sure they are included in society.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Phoenix radio KJZZ welcomed Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, to speak about Prop 123. Hunting further discusses Prop 123's potential impact on the state land trust and provides more details on the funding.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

KLTV7 News in Texas reported Maricopa Community Colleges' Governing Board appointed Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick as Chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. Harper-Marinick becomes the first female and first Latina ever appointed Chancellor to a higher education institution in Arizona.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KJZZ News reported the uncertainty surrounding education funding in economically depressed rural district areas makes retaining teachers difficult. California schools are offering generous benefits and salaries that make competing against them “almost impossible,” said a superintendent of the Mohave Valley School District.

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