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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A free-market guru with ties to Portland

Steve Buckstein | July 29, 2014
In honor of Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday this July 31, below is Steve Buckstein’s op-ed in Friedman’s memory, which appeared in The Oregonian the day after Friedman passed away in 2006. Full text ...  read more

Is There a More Flexible Way for Students to Invest in Themselves?

Cascade Policy Institute | July 28, 2014
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has proposed a new program intended to help Oregon students go to college in spite of the quickly ballooning cost of tuition. Under the proposed “Oregon ...  read more

The Portland Seed Fund: Lots of Fertilizer, Little Growth

Cascade Policy Institute | July 25, 2014
The Portland Seed Fund (PSF) started in 2011 as a joint public-private venture intended to close a funding gap for entrepreneurs attempting to start a business. It invests $25,000 in ...  read more

A Prescription for Affordable Housing in Portland

Cascade Policy Institute | July 23, 2014
A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district.  read more

Oregon’s Prescription-Only Cold Medicine Law Needs a New Look

Steve Buckstein | July 22, 2014
In recent years, Cascade Policy Institute has tracked and analyzed the effectiveness of a 2006 Oregon state law that requires all citizens to obtain a doctor’s prescription before buying pseudoephedrine-based ...  read more

Who Will Win? Portland’s Taxi Protectionism Versus the Right to Earn a Living

Steve Buckstein | July 1, 2014
Cascade has been involved in helping deregulate Portland’s transportation network since we helped open the taxi market in the mid-1990s. At that time, the City Council was persuaded in part by a winning entry in our Oregon Better Government Competition from the libertarian public interest ...  read more

Florida Parents Get to “Customize” Kids’ Education

Kathryn Hickok | June 25, 2014
Florida just became the second state to pass an Education Savings Account law, giving parents of certain special-needs children “Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts.” Governor Rick Scott signed the bill June 20.’s Mary C. Tillotsen writes: Parents receive an allotted sum in their education savings ...  read more

Don’t Raise the Minimum Wage—End It!

Steve Buckstein | May 7, 2014
On May Day I was a guest on a new “progressive” Portland radio station arguing against not only raising the minimum wage, but the policy itself. I was outnumbered four to one on the show, so it was a fair fight. The show host, former ...  read more
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