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Common Sense Institute (CSI) strives to develop insightful and educational research on the most critical debates facing Arizona. CSI was founded in 2022 and employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of issues on the Arizona economy and individual opportunity. CSI provides elected officials, policymakers, and Arizonans with facts and data-driven analysis to help make informed decisions about the biggest issues facing the state. CSI’s research will spark innovative policy solutions and bipartisan, solutions-based discussion about the future of Arizona.

Executive Director

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Common Sense Institute is looking for an Executive Director to oversee the administration, strategic plan, and programming for CSI Arizona.

Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2022

Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: May 2022

FULL REPORT Arizona added 5,800 nonfarm jobs in May (+0.19%) and the Unemployment Rate was unchanged at 3.2% - suggesting labor market conditions remain historically tight even as the Arizona and national job markets continue to exhibit real-time signs of cooling....

Unpacking the Colorado and Arizona Housing Markets with Glenn Farley and Steven Byers

Unpacking the Colorado and Arizona Housing Markets with Glenn Farley and Steven Byers

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Housing prices are frequently at the forefront of policy discussions because they impact so many other aspects of the economy. On this episode of Common Sense Digest, Host and Chairman Earl Wright welcomes CSI Arizona’s Director of Policy & Research Glenn Farley, CSI’s Senior Economist Steven Byers to discuss the housing markets in Arizona and Colorado, respectively.

Economic Implications of Universal License Recognition A Review of 2019’s HB 2569

Economic Implications of Universal License Recognition A Review of 2019’s HB 2569

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The burdens presented by occupational licenses have been an issue of national discussion in recent years, and one that has bridged the partisan divide. Both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump advocated for reforms to allow more Americans to get to work more quickly considering the sharp increase in these licensing requirements over the last several decades.

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Executive Director

July 5, 2022 • 3 min read


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Common Sense Institute is looking for an Executive Director to oversee the administration, strategic plan, and programming for CSI Arizona.

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Economic Implications of Universal License Recognition A Review of 2019’s HB 2569

May 27, 2022 • 6 min read


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The burdens presented by occupational licenses have been an issue of national discussion in recent years, and one that has bridged the partisan divide. Both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump advocated for reforms to allow more Americans to get to work more quickly considering the sharp increase in these licensing requirements over the last several decades.

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Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: April 2022

May 20, 2022 • 3 min read


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Arizona added 16,100 nonfarm jobs in April (+0.53%) and the Unemployment Rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 3.2% – the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded in the state. Revisions to March were minor, and the non-farm measure of employment continues to show a decline last month even as total employment (measured by another survey) continued increasing.

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Inflation in Arizona: April 2022 Update

May 11, 2022 • 5 min read


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Consumer prices in the United States continued their record ascent in April, rising 8.3% over the last 12 months – among the highest rates in forty years. At 11.0%, price inflation in the Phoenix metropolitan area remains both well above the national average and at the highest levels ever recorded for the city.

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Arizona Housing Affordability

May 3, 2022 • 6 min read


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Arizona – and particularly the Phoenix metro market – is now an expensive place to live. The current inflation crisis has accelerated a longer-run trend in the relatively rapid appreciation of cost of living here relative to other major metro areas.

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Arizona’s New Tax Structure

April 25, 2022 • 7 min read


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Common Sense Institute (CSI) used the REMI dynamic economic simulation model PI+, to estimate the combined 10-year effects of repealing the 8.00% progressive state income tax and replacing it with a single, flat 2.50% income tax.

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HB 2822 & The Taxation of Business Personal Property

April 19, 2022 • 6 min read


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CSI analyzes the impacts of HB 2822 which lowers and simplifies the tax burden on new capital investments by businesses in Arizona. In the process, the return-on-investment for a given asset rises, and the equilibrium level of investment will increase.

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Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: March 2022

April 15, 2022 • 4 min read


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Arizona shed 3,700 nonfarm jobs in March (-0.12%) but the Unemployment Rate declined by 0.3 percentage points to 3.3% – one of the lowest unemployment rates ever recorded in the state.

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Research Analyst

April 12, 2022 • 3 min read


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Common Sense Institute is looking for a Research Analyst to advance CSI’s mission by examining the fiscal impacts of policies and legislation, and crafting reports that better inform Arizonans.

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The Arizona Budget: Then & Now

April 4, 2022 • 11 min read


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Arizona Budget: Then and Now illuminates the change in Arizona state spending over the last twenty years. During the 2022 legislative session, it is vital for citizens to be aware of the state’s spending history, the entirety of the budget and the rapid pace of the recent spending increases, and influx of new State & Federal monies.

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