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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2014 Fall Newsletter

Cascade Policy Institute | October 30, 2014
See what Cascade Policy Institute has been up to in the Fall of 2014 in our latest newsletter.  read more

$15 Minimum Wage? More May Turn Out to Be Less

Kathryn Hickok | October 29, 2014
Last summer, Seattle passed an ordinance raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. A Portland-area restaurant owner recently explained in The Oregonian how a $15-per-hour minimum wage here would ...  read more

Scaling Down: The Power of One

Cascade Policy Institute | October 27, 2014
By Darla M. Romfo Earlier this fall I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. In the ensuing days, many bloggers and ...  read more

Shouldn’t the Terminally Ill Have the “Right to Try” to Save Their Lives?

Cascade Policy Institute | October 22, 2014
Last Friday, Michigan approved Right to Try legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Colorado, Missouri, and Louisiana all passed similar measures this year, with Arizonans voting on the issue this November. ...  read more

Kitzhaber’s “Clean Fuels Program” Is a Hidden Gas Tax

Cascade Policy Institute | October 21, 2014
Many politicians on the West Coast have fallen in love with untested policies and programs they say will help solve global warming. Many of these policies are mind-bogglingly complicated. What, ...  read more

Watch Georgie the Dog Bust the “Oregon Myth”

Kathryn Hickok | October 29, 2014
What’s wrong with Oregon? Where are the jobs? And why is there so much traffic? If you’ve ever wondered why Oregon is the way it is, “Beyond the Oregon Myth” can explain it to you. This new online film by Third Century Solutions takes you ...  read more

Conservatives should oppose the drug war

Steve Buckstein | October 23, 2014
Cascade Policy Institute urges a Yes vote on Measure 91 this November to decriminalize marijuana. While Oregon’s marijuana laws aren’t the strictest, and medical marijuana is legal here, possession of even small amounts of recreational marijuana is deemed a misdemeanor and can result in a ...  read more

When Are Energy-Efficiency Efforts Worth It?

Kathryn Hickok | October 17, 2014
When does “being green” make sense?  Perhaps not as often as you think. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center, recently noted in a Wall Street Journal article that a “key mistake people make when it comes to energy efficiency ...  read more
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