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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Green Data Center Bill Is Just More “Greenwashing”

Cascade Policy Institute | April 23, 2014
By William Newell In February, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4126. This bill would allow utilities to purchase renewable energy certificates, or RECs, to meet Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards, ...  read more

Do You Know Taxes Take 30% of Your Year?

Kathryn Hickok | April 16, 2014
If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, by April 21 Americans would have worked long enough to pay this ...  read more

Elliott State Forest Management Puts Small Birds over Small Kids

John Charles | April 15, 2014
By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which ...  read more

Time to Stop Throwing Money down the WES Sinkhole

John Charles | April 11, 2014
In its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, TriMet forecasts the purchase of two additional vehicles for the Wilsonville-to-Beaverton commuter rail line known as WES. The total cost will be $8.5 ...  read more

Are Small Birds More Important than Small Kids?

John Charles | April 9, 2014
Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an ...  read more

Parents Should Make Childcare Choices, Not Nanny Legislators

Sarah Ross Wolf | April 24, 2014
A bill in the Connecticut legislature would ban home childcare providers and daycare centers from serving 2% or whole milk to children. Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes, “Setting aside for a moment the sheer lunacy of the proposed law’s premise, I’d like to point out ...  read more

Is Free-for-All in the Cafeteria Good for All?

John Charles | April 24, 2014
The New York Times suggested in a recent editorial that providing both free breakfasts and free lunches for all children would be a great thing, in part because a school population that is better nourished is “more ready to learn.” While this seems intuitive, it ...  read more

The Portland Taxi Cartel’s Worst Nightmare

William Newell | April 9, 2014
Have you ever taken a taxicab to the airport because you thought it would be cheaper than paying for parking? Well, I thought the plan was golden until I learned a taxi costs $55 dollars to get from my apartment in SW Portland to PDX. ...  read more
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