Progress Requires Freedom

Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties. In short, we believe that human happiness, prosperity and social harmony require a limited government that upholds property rights and leaves individuals free to pursue their dreams.

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Tennessee Special Needs Kids Get Choices in Education

Kathryn Hickok | May 20, 2015
Tennessee just became the 28th state to enact a private school choice program, giving parents more options for their children’s education. Governor Bill Haslam signed the nation’s fourth Education Savings ...  read more

June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

Steve Buckstein | May 12, 2015
Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are ...  read more

Event Video – Aging Roads? New Ideas!

Cascade Policy Institute | May 8, 2015
Cascade welcomed transportation expert Adrian Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Policy for Reason Foundation, at a special event at Multnomah Athletic Club on April 29, 2015. Adrian gave a lively, ...  read more

A Generational Mistake

Steve Buckstein | May 6, 2015
The Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down key 2013 legislative reforms to the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars. The Court ...  read more

Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

John Charles | April 29, 2015
This week marks the beginning of a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab ...  read more

Oregon’s Tax Freedom Day

Kathryn Hickok | April 28, 2015 published this guest article by Cascade’s publications director Kathryn Hickok for Tax Freedom Day 2015. By Kathryn Hickok | Watchdog Opinion “Are you working to live, or living to work?” Well, maybe you’re working for runaway government spending. According to the nonprofit Tax Foundation, ...  read more

Are Taxes Really the Price We Pay for Civilization? No.

Steve Buckstein | April 15, 2015
Twenty-four years ago, economist Mark Skousen penned a powerful little essay, “Persuasion Versus Force,” that might just change how we look at taxation forever. One early paragraph makes the central point: “Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “‘Taxation is the price we pay ...  read more

Freedom in Fiction: The Taxman Cometh

Steve Buckstein | April 10, 2015
As April 15 approaches, here is a reprint of our “Freedom in Fiction” review of a side-splitting satire on the IRS. Enjoy! Who would have thought the IRS could be this funny? Award-winning television reporter Marvin Kalb compares Oregon author Jim Greenfield’s new novel, The ...  read more
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