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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Not One Dollar More

John Charles | February 3, 2016
The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools. However, the lands will not be ...  read more

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Law Perverts Compassion into Coercion

Steve Buckstein | February 2, 2016
Picture two Oregon workers. One, a highly skilled and educated woman named Kate, earns well over $40 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. The other—a younger, less skilled, ...  read more

2016’s Record-Breaking Celebration of School Choice

Kathryn Hickok | January 27, 2016
This week is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and ...  read more

Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

Cascade Policy Institute | January 26, 2016
By Bobbie Jager This week marks National School Choice Week, and states across the nation have much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have ...  read more

Press Release: Largest Celebration of Education Reform in U.S. History Begins January 24

Cascade Policy Institute | January 22, 2016
January 22, 2016 For Immediate Release Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 or steven@cascadepolicy.org   Cascade Policy Institute Plans Special Event to Celebrate National School Choice Week 2016 Portland, Oregon to ...  read more

Number of People in Extreme Poverty Drops to Record Low

Steve Buckstein | October 6, 2015
Malthus must be turning over in his grave after the World Bank announced this week that the percentage of the world’s 7.3-billion-plus people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall to a record low this year of under 10 percent. Using an updated international ...  read more

“Our System Is Set up to Fail”

Steve Buckstein | September 16, 2015
“Our system is set up to fail.” That’s not me talking, it’s then-Governor John Kitzhaber in a 2002 entry to his private journal, released as part of a public records request for his email correspondence. The full paragraph reads: “Our system is set up to ...  read more

The Everyday Heroes of 9/11, Remembered

Kathryn Hickok | September 10, 2015
“The greatest thing I ever did with my life.” The largest sea evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, when nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than nine hours. By comparison, during World War II, the evacuation after ...  read more
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