What Matters Most to Arizonans?

The Citizen Goals describe what matters most to Arizonans: education, jobs, infrastructure, health, environment, community, citizen participation and retaining young talent. The Center for the Future of Arizona analyzed data from the Gallup Arizona Poll, the most comprehensive research of its kind, and described eight “Citizen Goals” firmly grounded in the beliefs and opinions of Arizonans who care for the economy, care for people and care for their community.

Citizen Goals

 

Education

Education

  • Graduate high school students who are "college-career" ready.
  • Align graduation requirements to national and international standards.
  • Customize education to meet student goals.

 

Jobs

Jobs

  • Increased job opportunities.
  • Job training programs for Arizonans of all ages.
  • Lower business taxes.
  • More investments in renewable energy.

 

Water & Open Space

Water & Open Space

  • Water management plans for all regions of Arizona – statewide, regional and municipal.
  • Policies that balance population growth with preserving open spaces.

 

Health

Health

  • Health insurance that is publicly available to all Arizonans with payment assistance for those who need it.
  • Healthcare discounts for people who adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • More doctors and healthcare professionals to provide primary healthcare services.

 

Transportation & Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Mass transit systems that connect communities throughout the urban regions of the state.
  • New highways and roads to reduce congestion.
  • Improvements in airports and rail systems to support trade.
  • Statewide high-speed broadband.

 

Young Talent

Young Talent

  • Quality jobs.
  • More "places" where young people can gather.
  • Protection for the environment.
  • Culture of openness and opportunity for all.

 

Connected Communities

Connected Communities

  • A deeper sense of community connection.
  • More "neighborliness."

 

Citizen Participation

Citizen Participation

  • Increasing citizen participation in all aspects of citizenship.
  • Leaders who understand complex issues and work across party lines.