Publications

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Morrison Institute Staff

This seventh issue of the Forum 411 series looks at citizen involvement as it pertains to community attachment, and why they are not the same. This high level of attachment may surprise some, given that Arizona has so often been portrayed as a place of low civic engagement – an outpost of isolated residents who prefer to disappear behind their garage doors and not busy themselves with their community’s wider welfare (see sidebar on page 3). That is, we like where we live, but aren’t inclined to do much about it.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Morrison Institute

This video report, narrated by our own Grady Gammage, Jr., makes the case that our State Park system has instrinsic value that must be stewarded by the people and the government alike.


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Friday, October 9, 2009
Grady Gammage Jr, Nancy Welch, Dave White, Bill Hart, Monica Stigler, Yuri Artibise

Arizona, which had more national parks and monuments than any other state, was the last state to designate state parks in 1957. Regrettably, since 2003 the Arizona Legislature and the state's governors have eroded support for state parks in reducing General Fund appropriations, "sweeping" cash from dedicated funds and forcing the agency to survive on park-produced fees and pieces of indirect user levies, set asides and federal dollars.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Morrison Institute Staff

The economic underpinnings in Arizona of housing, employment, and financial services have collapsed, as they have almost everywhere else around the nation, albeit deeper here than in most other states. Arizona again must have the wisdom and willpower to rebound. But it will take more than a bold vision, although one is needed. It will take follow-through and collaboration – neither of which have been Arizona’s strong suit in recent years – as well as informed public policy based on what we’ve learned from the past, melded with what we already know about the future.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Kent Hill, Dennis Hoffman, Nancy Welch, William Hart, John Stuart Hall, Roger Hughes, Jill Rissi

The recession has pushed more people out of work, and as a result, swelled the ranks of Arizona’s uninsured. Arizona has one of the nation’s highest levels of residents without health insurance – almost one in five people.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Morrison Institute Staff

Some of Arizonans’ most common and destructive illnesses—those of the brain—are failing to receive adequate treatment due to a combination of modern governmental gridlock and a centuries-old philosophy that separates the mind from the body.

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Monday, March 2, 2009
Nancy Welch, Richard Toon, Yuri Artibise

The Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC) developed To Learn and Earn to highlight the issues and asked Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University to support the effort with research and analysis. In turn, AMEPAC will present the issues to Arizona stakeholders for their feedback. This process will kick off a multi-partner series of policy action projects. The first results will be presented in November 2009 at the next human capital conference presented by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.


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Monday, March 2, 2009
Morrison Institute Staff

“Great Expectations: Arizona Teens Speak Up,” the fourth issue of Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Forum 411 briefing series, offers insights into the state’s 600,000-plus adolescents from professionals who work with them every day and from teens themselves.

The success of today’s teens is particularly important because of the aging of society and Arizona’s high “dependency ratio,” or the number of children and seniors in relation to those of working age. Arizona has the nation’s second highest rate.

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