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 +

Shouldn’t the Terminally Ill Have the “Right to Try” to Save Their Lives?

Cascade Policy Institute | October 22, 2014
Last Friday, Michigan approved Right to Try legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Colorado, Missouri, and Louisiana all passed similar measures this year, with Arizonans voting on the issue this November. ...  read more

Kitzhaber’s “Clean Fuels Program” Is a Hidden Gas Tax

Cascade Policy Institute | October 21, 2014
By John Egge Many politicians on the West Coast have fallen in love with untested policies and programs they say will help solve global warming. Many of these policies are ...  read more

More Tax Dollars for College ― Or Prepare Students to Succeed There?

Steve Buckstein | October 16, 2014
Oregon voters are being asked this November to authorize spending more tax dollars to help some students afford an arguably unaffordable higher education. Measure 86 will create a permanent fund ...  read more

Dissing Online Education

Steve Buckstein | October 15, 2014
One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related ...  read more

The Elliott State Forest Should Be an Asset―Not a Liability―for Oregon Schools

John Charles | October 13, 2014
By Jordan Lofthouse, Randy Simmons, and John A. Charles, Jr. With Oregon’s schools constantly facing budget crises, why are our lawmakers missing out on the opportunity to give more money ...  read more

When Are Energy-Efficiency Efforts Worth It?

Kathryn Hickok | October 17, 2014
When does “being green” make sense?  Perhaps not as often as you think. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center, recently noted in a The Wall Street Journal article that a “key mistake people make when it comes to energy ...  read more

Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Teen Workers They Are Supposed to Help

Guest | September 17, 2014
By Parrish Miller In a recent article, economist Thomas Sowell points out a curious occurrence in which the San Francisco Chronicle—normally an ardent supporter of minimum wage increases—published a sympathetic front-page story lamenting the plight of a local nonprofit organization whose mission would be compromised by a ...  read more

Forty Years of Education Reform Failure

Steve Buckstein | September 16, 2014
Exactly when will the last forty years of national education reform efforts, coupled with the last twenty-three years of Oregon state education reform efforts, pay off? Given recent stagnant Oregon student test scores, with more than a third of students failing math, and the revelation ...  read more
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