SNA Media Briefings

Government and the American Economy: A New History
Valuable perspectives in dealing with our current economic crisis from the University of Chicago Press


Do you believe Congress should repeal ObamaCare?

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Growing a State's Economy: The Arizona-New Mexico Case Study

Dr. Matt Ryan of Duquesne University has compared two states, Arizona and New Mexico, looking at the impact of state taxes and other public policies on the growth of the state’s economy.

Tax Increases: Answer to a State Fiscal Crisis?

States are facing difficult economic times. This has been the case with fast growing states such as Arizona, Nevada, California, and Florida. Increasing taxes is one option being considered. AO provides perspectives

Depression or Recession: Is Fear Overcoming Sound Economic Analysis?

Dr. Edward Leamer, Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast,puts the financial crisis in perspective at an AO-SNA Media Briefing.

Grappling with a Global Confidence Crisis

Understanding the Global Financial Crisis from W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University

Good Intentions, Iffy Choices Paved Road to Credit Crisis

Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) analysis by Anthony Sanders, professor of finance at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Economics: The Basics
Economics and the '08 Elections
Economics and the Environment
Economic Perspectives on the Issues
Fixing the Tax System
Glossary of Economic Terms

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Understanding China's Energy Future: What it means to the West

AO presents this article to put the energy development in China in perspective from David Feikert a leading expert on China and energy who works in China and based in New Zealand.

New Energy Study: Guidance for a National Energy Policy

A new energy study provides guidance for future National Energy Policy developed by Professor Timothy Considine, Penn State.

'Perfect Storm': The Challenge of Keeping Electricity Affordable

Increasing demand for energy is soaring. Trends in states like Arizona indicate a need for 50+ percent more by 2030 to serve. Electricity rates could skyrocket with natural gas as the default fuel. The new report, “Powering Arizona,” presents the choices and trade-offs.
Understanding Energy: The Basics
Economics of Energy
Energy and Politics
Energy and the Automobile
Global Climate Change
Energy and National Security

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The RAND Corporation has launched a tremendous new website to provide valuable perspectives on Health Care in America. RANDCompare, AnalysisOnline believes is the best comprehensive website on health care available on the web @

Health Care in America: Confronting the Future

Confronting the Healthcare Challenge


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Seeking Immigration's Middle Ground

While immigration has been a polarizing issues, policy makers and advocates can find common ground. This piece is based on a forum of leaders in Arizona.

Examining the Economic Impacts of Immigration

Understanding the economics of immigration by Gordon Hanson, Professor of Economics, , University of California, San Diego, and the National Bureau of Economic Research

The Economics of Immigration

Dealing with the trade-offs of immigration policy

Mass Migration: A Worldwide Phenomenon

Examining the Economic Impacts of Immigration

Confronting the Immigration Issue

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Understanding Risk

This AO Primer provides understanding of how to understand real risks and detecting unsubstantiated, overblown or minimized claims.

Applying Wisdom to Risk Assessment

Understanding Toxicology

Risk and Natural Disasters

Risk and Terrorism Resources

Bridge Safety


Government Support of Technology

Taxpayer funding of technology has resulted in all sorts of new technologies from the Internet to aeronautics The “spin offs” from the Space Program are legendary. From communications to engineering of new products, the world has benefited from new technologies. Forbes notes out that choosing winners and osers in technology is tough. He points to three recent solar cell bankruptcies that “left the U.S. government holding the bag.” 

Fixing the Fractured Fracturing Debate

A process used by the oil and gas industry for more than 50 years, and one that has been enhanced by technology, looms as the next spill of public confusion, innuendo and misplaced hyperbole. Fracturing, or "fracking," must be understood for what it is, and not blamed for all manner of mistakes or irresponsible drilling practices when they occur. Check out a New York Times article that should be read by the public before weighing in on the pros and cons of fracking.

Putting Japan's Nuclear Issues in Perspective

The serious problems with the nuclear plants in Japan is spawning fear again around the world about the technology. Experts say this is no chernobyl and reiterate previous criticism of reports that Three Mile Island posed a serious health problem.  The events in Japan could end nuclear technology for at least another generation. Reports from the Associated Press and Slate provide provide valuable perspectives.

LA County to Withhold Taxes from the State

Los Angeles County is taking the unique step of withholding tax revenue due the California State government to insure that the state doesn't cut their revenue. This is a unique approach which could be copied elsewhere.
Other features:

The Arizona Tragedy and Copycats

Wkileaks Reveals US used Spying to get Climate Accord

State Budget the Next Financial Tsunami

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Arizona Infrastructure

Addresses the major challenges facing Arizona's public and private sectors as a result of rapid growth.
Recent Videos:

Immigration: Confronting the Challenges in Arizona

Immigration: Confronting the Challenges in Arizona

Dr. Marjorie Baldwin

Bradford Kirkman-Liff

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The New Place of Birth Profile: Los Angeles & California Residents in 2010

Killing Jobs Through National Healthcare Reform

2009 State Laws Related to Immigrants and Immigration

“Gazprom: Gas Giant under Strain," a white paper by Nadejda Makkarova Victor of Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

"Challenges for Healthcare Reform," Testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the Senate Finance Committee Health Reform Summit on June 16, 2008

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