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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.

Inflation in Arizona: November 2022 Update

Inflation in Arizona: November 2022 Update

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Of the 23 urban consumer price indices tracked by the BLS, the Phoenix metro area again had the highest rate of inflation in October, due mostly to pressures from shelter costs.

Arizona Housing Affordability Update October 2022

Arizona Housing Affordability Update October 2022

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The U.S. and Arizona housing markets are in the midst of a sharp correction – the first since the Great Recession. Prices peaked in June and have fallen over 3% through September. Ongoing rising interest rate pressures, a collapse in buyer interest, and lags in the construction and permit approval cycle will likely put continued downward pressure on prices over the next 6-12 months.

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Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: November 2022

November 18, 2022 • 4 min read


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Arizona added 7,300 nonfarm jobs in October (+0.24%) – a slowdown in the increase we have seen earlier this year – and the Unemployment Rate rose to 3.9% (+0.2%).


Inflation in Arizona: November 2022 Update

November 10, 2022 • 3 min read


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Of the 23 urban consumer price indices tracked by the BLS, the Phoenix metro area again had the highest rate of inflation in October, due mostly to pressures from shelter costs.


Arizona Housing Affordability Update October 2022

October 31, 2022 • 8 min read


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The U.S. and Arizona housing markets are in the midst of a sharp correction – the first since the Great Recession. Prices peaked in June and have fallen over 3% through September. Ongoing rising interest rate pressures, a collapse in buyer interest, and lags in the construction and permit approval cycle will likely put continued downward pressure on prices over the next 6-12 months.

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Fentanyl’s Impact on Arizona featuring Glenn Farley and Jobe Dickinson

October 27, 2022 • 2 min read


With the decriminalization of the possession and use of illegal drugs in some jurisdictions, the surge in migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the recent increase in fentanyl overdoses in Arizona, Common Sense Digest explores what impacts these events may have to law enforcement and the Arizona economy. With more than 2,000 fatal opioid […]

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Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: October 2022

Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: October 2022

October 21, 2022 • 3 min read


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Arizona added 3,700 nonfarm jobs in September (+0.12%) – a slowdown in the increase we have seen earlier this year – and the Unemployment Rate rose to 3.7% (+0.2%).

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The Economic Impact of Prop 209, An Interest Rate Limit on Debt From Healthcare Services and New Collection Exemptions

October 5, 2022 • 9 min read


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CSI analyzes Proposition 209, called the ‘Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act’, intends to protect Arizonans from high interest rates and predatory collection on medical debt.

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The Economic Impact of Prop 310, A Sales Tax for Fire District Funding Measure

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CSI analyzes Proposition 310 which proposes to supplement this local revenue with support from a statewide 0.1% general sales tax, raising $189.9 million in 2023.

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Accelerating Arizona’s New Tax Structure: Economic Impacts of Implementing the 2.50% Flat Tax in 2023

September 29, 2022 • 2 min read


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In April, the Common Sense Institute (CSI) released its economic simulation of the long-run impacts of moving from an 8.00% progressive income tax structure to a 2.50% flat income tax in Arizona. That analysis found the state would have 58,800 more workers and add $11.9 billion to its economy by 2032 due to this change.

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Arizona Jobs and Labor Force Update: September 2022

Jobs and Labor Force Update

September 16, 2022 • 3 min read


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Arizona added 4.2 thousand nonfarm jobs in August (+0.1%) – a slowdown in the increase we have seen earlier this year – and the Unemployment Rate rose to 3.5% (+0.2%).

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