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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Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

John Charles | February 25, 2015
State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate ...  read more

Media Release: The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

John Charles | February 25, 2015
February 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John A. Charles, Jr. 503-242-0900 john@cascadepolicy.org PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute today released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout ...  read more

Testimony Regarding SB 324-A, Low-Carbon Fuels Standards

John Charles | February 20, 2015
The top legislative priority for most Democrats in Salem has passed the Senate and will be up for its first public hearing in the House on Tuesday, February 24th. SB ...  read more

The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare

Steve Buckstein | February 18, 2015
Would you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity on Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute ...  read more

When Is a Tax Not a Tax?

John Charles | February 11, 2015
Governor Kitzhaber wants you to drive less, and he knows that the best way to discourage driving is to make it more expensive. The simplest way to do this would ...  read more

Gasoline and Greed

Guest | February 20, 2015
By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I filled my tank for $3.32 ...  read more

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

Steve Buckstein | February 18, 2015
Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades three through eight and high ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Kathryn Hickok | January 27, 2015
Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with the heroes, and hoping for ...  read more
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