Publications

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
David Schlinkert, Alissa Heyer

According to the 2016 U.S. Census, 44.3 million people in the United States (14 percent) were living in poverty, and 12.8 percent of the population reported having at least one disability. The median U.S. household income in 2016 was $57,617. However, among households that included someone with a disability, the median income was more than 25 percent lower - $41,600. The federal poverty guidelines have increased slightly between 2015 and 2017, but still remain low.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
David Schlinkert, Francis Pacaja

Updated: Spanish-speaking Latino families and adults with developmental disabilities underwent a two day self-advocacy training in Yuma that encouraged individuals to speak up for themselves and bolstered participants’ psychological empowerment.

 

 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Dan Hunting

Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) has its roots in Territorial Arizona and has served generations of residents as Phoenix evolved from a dusty agricultural town into the fifth-largest city in the nation.

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Monday, November 6, 2017
David Berman

This paper seeks to go beyond images and impressions to draw upon theories about Arizona’s political culture and the forces that appear to drive politics and policy making. The concern is not so much with what has been unique about Arizona, but with the important values, beliefs and behavioral patterns that have been reflected in its political life over the years.  Political culture helps account for continuity in the life of a polity. It reflects the basic idea that “governments, even revolutionary ones, do not spring full-grown from the air like rabbits from a magician’s hat.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
David Schlinkert

Arizona is in critical need of emergency and affordable housing for domestic violence victims. Our state ranks eighth nationally for the number of calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and 41 percent of those calls are from Phoenix. Approximately 15 percent, or 4,953 individuals, who entered into homeless shelters in Arizona in 2014 did so because of DV,  This briefing looks at ways more abuse victims can find safe homes via incentives and other programs for landlords.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Erica Quintana, Jade Sun, Andrea Whitsett, Dan Hunting, Robert Vagi Ph.D., Joseph Garcia, Thomas D. Morton, Melissa Kovacs Ph.D.

This is the third in a series of briefs in which Morrison Institute for Public Policy will report on selected aspects of Arizona’s child welfare system.

Spotlight on Arizona’s Kids is intended to help state leaders, child advocates, and others develop the most effective prevention strategies.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Thom Reilly, Andrea Whitsett, Joseph Garcia, William Hart, Patrick McWhortor, Bonnie Reiss, Christian Grose, Michelle Cornelius, S. Jason Giannaros, Jacqueline Salit, Cathy Stewart

Politics, elections and governance in the United States are largely viewed through the lens of a two-party power structure of Republicans and Democrats. However, a distinct but ill-defined group of voters is quietly becoming a force that no longer can be ignored. Independent voters are increasingly determining winners and losers in election contests throughout the country and the number of Americans who call themselves independents is on the rise. However surprisingly little is known about the America’s independent voters.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Erica McFadden, David Schlinkert

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates that all children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). One of the biggest barriers to implementing FAPE in Arizona is inadequate funding, which has led to a shortage of well trained and qualified teachers.

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