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.

Recent Publications +

What They Say vs. What They Do: How PCC Students Really Get to School

Cascade Policy Institute | August 4, 2015
By Anna Mae Kersey, Emma Newman, and Thomas Tullis TriMet is considering the construction of a light rail line from Portland State University to Tualatin, at a cost of roughly ...  read more

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

Freedom in Film: Shane (1953)

Kathryn Hickok | August 1, 2015
“That’s the trouble with this country. There ain’t a marshal within a hundred-mile ride.” Considered by many the greatest Western of all time, Shane opened on this day in 1953. Based on the novel by Jack Schaefer, Shane is about the end of the era of cattle drivers, ...  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
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