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|About||The Grand Canyon Institute (GCI) is Arizona's only centrist think tank. We provide credible, objective and evidence-based research regarding economic, fiscal and budgetary issues facing Arizona.|
|Mission||The Grand Canyon Institute (GCI) provides non-partisan, fact-based research and education to decision makers and the public on policies which affect the economic, fiscal and social future of Arizona. The principal objective of GCI is to elevate the fiscal, economic and social implications of policy initiative and decisions.|
The Grand Canyon Institute (GCI) is Arizona's only centrist think tank. We provide credible, objective and evidence-based research regarding economic, fiscal and budgetary issues facing Arizona. We provide an independent voice reflecting mainstream American values. Our research reports inform the state's policy makers, community leaders, media and general public. Established in 2011, we have conducted over 25 research projects that cover a range of topics.
Health Care - GCI influenced the reinstatement of Arizona's KidsCare health care initiative, leading to health insurance coverage for more than 30,000 children. GCI's research showed that participation in the federally-funded Children's Health Insurance Program would yield approximately $40 million in direct economic benefits, approximately $75 million in total economic benefits, and nearly $3 million in added state and local revenue.
Raising the Minimum Wage - GCI's research on the impact of raising the minimum wage gave voters facts so they could make an informed choice at the ballot box regarding Proposition 206. Our research showed that approximately 800,000 workers or 30 percent of the labor force would be directly or indirectly impacted with job losses of about 13,000 (range 0 to 26,000) and prices would be expected to rise between 0.5 and 1.6 percent. About 790,000 workers would see their wages rise. Higher prices, induced efficiencies and possibly somewhat lower profits will pay for the higher minimum wage.
Charter School Administration Charges - Arizona’s approximately 600 charter schools spent $128 million more on administrative costs during the 2014-15 school year than traditional public districts spent on the same number of students. While every state agency, including public schools, are held accountable for the efficient use of state funds, charter schools are exempt by law from scrutiny by the Auditor General.