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    Policy Points Volume: 5 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Sally Wittlinger
    Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    As Arizona’s population continues to grow, so does the need for electricity. Retail sales of electricity in Arizona have increased along with the population, although sales per person have declined since peaking in 2007, a sign of decreased use and increased efficiency. As we progress in the twenty-first century, action must be taken to increase the sustainability of our energy resources by continuing to conserve and by shifting to the greater use of energy from renewable sources. In addition, we must work to mitigate climate change by reducing
    greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Policy Points Volume: 4 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Sally Wittlinger
    Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Both the effect of climate change on our future water supply and the size of the population that will need to share in that supply are uncertainties that water planners must consider when making decisions regarding our future.  We have options, but we have to be sure that we use water efficiently to meet our urban, agricultural, and environmental needs. Check this Policy Points for a clear, succinct overview of the status of Arizona’s water supply and what the current drought really means for water availability.

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    Policy Points Volume: 4 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Jeanne M. Powers
    Published: Monday, September 17, 2012

    Students with AP credit are often able to skip general studies courses and take courses related to their majors earlier in their college careers than students without AP credits. Recent federal and state policies have been aimed at expanding students’ access to AP courses. In this brief, we examine students’ access, participation, and success in AP courses in Arizona’s public high schools.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 6
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    Keying off of the “Fiscal Framework for Arizona” panel discussion at Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s recent State of Our State conference, here is an analysis of Arizona’s economic performance since the beginning of the last recession compared to previous economic cycles nationally, primarily based on earnings and employment.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 5
    Author(s):
    Rhonda Phillips
    Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    A state can use the arts to boost economies in a variety of ways, from incorporating arts into economic development and community development plans to supporting arts education and promoting arts assets. It takes all sectors to ensure success for our creative industries, fostering arts businesses and the benefits they bring for economic development. Read this issue of Policy Points to learn more about the role of arts in Arizona's economy and the impact of recent funding cuts.