[OPINION] ASU Inc. tax breaks bring painful ripples

Exempting large commercial enterprises from property taxation plays havoc with local government and school-district finances

By Robert Robb, columnist

The Arizona Republic

How big does ASU Inc. have to get before someone of consequence begins worrying about the risks?

Over the past several years, Arizona State University has improved its academic standing. It hasn’t, however, yet made a qualitative leap. It is an improving, second-tier, public research university. No one would seriously argue that it has joined the first-tier ranks.

What ASU has done is consolidate and expand its monopoly on public higher education in the Valley. It retains firm control of the polytechnic school in the East Valley and the branch campus in the West Valley.

Phoenix taxpayers ponied up the dough to build a new downtown campus.

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Also:

Phoenix seeks residents’ input on future of downtown’s heart/The Arizona Republic

ASU startup KVZ Sports raises venture funding/Phoenix Business Journal

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