At the state level, legislative action, a Governor’s executive order, or a contract
may result in state programs or plans. In accordance with these programs
or plans, the Governor may designate an agency to develop regional plans
or programs. State-designated MAG responsibilities:
- Executive Order – Population Updates and Projections.
- Legislation – Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 28-6308, 28-6353, 28-6354,
28-6352 and 48-5121 outline transportation requirements.
- Contract – Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) contract for
human services planning.
Population Updates and Projections
In Arizona, Executive Order 95-2 provides for the preparation of official
population updates and projections. The Executive Order authorizes Councils of Governments to prepare official subregional estimates and projections
using county projections developed by the Arizona Department of Economic
Security (ADES) as control totals. The function previously performed by ADES
moved to the Arizona Department of Commerce in December 2007 with a goal
of providing more efficient research data and information to Arizona communities, businesses, planners, lawmakers, economists, and others. Executive
Order 2009-1 updated this relationship. The Maricopa Association of Governments provides population estimates every year and subregional population
projections approximately every three years.
ARS 28-6308, 28-6353, 28-6354, 28-6352 and 48-5121 resulted in various transportation-related responsibilities being given to MAG. The requirements
outlined in this legislation include:
Human Services Planning
- Plan freeway corridors.
- Adopt freeway prioritization criteria.
- Approve freeway priorities.
- Approve material cost increases.
- Issue an annual report on the status of the implementation of Proposition 400.
- Establish a Transportation Policy Committee.
- Perform life cycle management of streets.
- Approve major plan amendments.
- Prepare the Public Transportation Element of the Regional Transportation Plan.
- Approve changes to the Transit Life Cycle Program that materially impact
the performance of the Regional Transportation Plan.
On March 3, 1976, the MAG Regional Council authorized the development of a
regional human services plan. For more than 30 years, this planning was formally
supported by a contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
This partnership supported extensive planning with a broad array of community stakeholders including local governments, nonprofit agencies and planners.
This collaboration resulted in allocation recommendations for the Social Services
Block Grant, a federal funding source that supports a variety of human services
programs. In 2010, budget constraints did not permit a new contract to be signed
between MAG and DES to support regional human services planning. The partnership continues on an informal basis with MAG serving as the local conduit
for community input on human services planning issues facing the region.