Publications

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Dan Hunting

Arizona has grown rapidly over the years and our education system has grown in step with the population. But increasing the total budget for education doesn’t mean that we have directed more resources to each student.

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Susan Clark-Johnson, Sapna Gupta, Dan Hunting, Janet Holston

PowerPoint presentations from State of Our State 2013 Conference. Topics include economic development, education and workforce development, and changing demographics of Arizona.

Conference was held Nov. 19, 2013 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Andrea Whitsett, Sapna Gupta, Dan Hunting

This year, Arizona Directions assesses the health of both ends of the P-20 spectrum: early childcare and education and the high school /postsecondary-to-industry nexus. Both are viewed through the lens of Arizona’s current competitive position and its trajectory through the broader economic landscape. How well does Arizona regulate, promote and ensure equitable access to quality early childcare and to programs that help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn? Does Arizona’s production of graduates and skilled workers align with current and projected industry needs?

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Monday, July 8, 2013
Mike Slaven

This report by the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center focuses on defining a "secure" border as the key to passage of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. The report attempts to separate rhetoric from facts regarding border security.


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Monday, July 1, 2013
Erica McFadden

Although employment is one of the primary building blocks leading to inclusion, better income, good health and freedom, it remains an elusive goal for many people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who wish to work. Equal access to employment for people with disabilities has not improved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) almost 25 years ago. The disparity in national employment rates between those with no disabilities and those with disabilities remains large and has grown significantly since the ADA’s passage.

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Monday, July 1, 2013
Erica McFadden

This brief will discuss the importance of transportation, problems accessing it, and the utilization of public transportation by people with disabilities. It will  describe the barriers experienced in rural and urban settings, and how public transportation programs in Arizona are addressing these barriers. Finally, it  will conclude with best practices and future trends in the wake of government funding cuts, including the establishment of one call centers, volunteer driver programs, and shared vans operated by non-profit organizations.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bill Hart, Eric Hedberg

This first-time survey of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Arizona provides a detailed portrait of the state's homeless population. By statistically validating some long-held assumptions about homelessness, this research will provide the empirical evidence needed to advance both prevention and treatment strategies.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
David Berman

Since statehood in 1912, Arizona has been among the nation’s leaders in using the initiative process to either adopt a statute or amend the state constitution by placing a measure on the ballot. But such efforts are anything but easy. In fact, organizers have found it to be an expensive, time-consuming and exhausting process – and one that is unlikely to end successfully. This briefing looks at the initiative process in Arizona since statehood in 1912, including its success/failure rate and proposals for reform.


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