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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Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

Cascade Policy Institute | July 29, 2015
By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in ...  read more

“Oregon Promise” Is Bad Policy

Cascade Policy Institute | July 28, 2015
By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon ...  read more

Press Release: Cascade Policy Institute Urges TriMet to Cancel Proposed Tax Increase

John Charles | July 23, 2015
July 23, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John A. Charles, Jr. 503-242-0900 john@cascadepolicy.org Cascade Policy Institute Urges TriMet to Cancel Proposed Tax Increase PORTLAND, Ore. – At Wednesday’s TriMet ...  read more

Will “Free” Tuition Make College Cost More?

Cascade Policy Institute | July 22, 2015
By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon ...  read more

Portland Rideshare Drivers Praise “The Land of Opportunity”

Steve Buckstein | July 17, 2015
Call it the smartphone/mobile app economy. Call it the Free World of Ridesharing. Call it the future. Whatever you call it, Uber, Lyft, and a host of smaller innovative companies ...  read more

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

Steve Buckstein | July 31, 2015
Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in 1989. They became the first noted supporters of ...  read more

Could We Really Be Driving on Platinum Streets?

Steve Buckstein | July 23, 2015
While politicians may be forgiven for stretching facts when it comes to making their points, they shouldn’t totally ignore economic reality. That’s what seemed to happen on July 6, the last day of the Oregon 2015 legislative session, when a huge $1 billion dollar-plus bonding ...  read more

Oregon Right to Try Bill Passes Both Houses

Steve Buckstein | July 2, 2015
Oregon’s Right to Try bill (HB 2300 B), passed 29-0 in the Senate last night, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 this afternoon. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature. It will give many terminally ill ...  read more
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