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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Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

Steve Buckstein | August 27, 2014
Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s ...  read more

Will Parent Rebellion Spell Doom for Common Core?

Cascade Policy Institute | August 25, 2014
If one asked most people a couple years ago about the Common Core national education standards, the response would have been a blank stare. Now, Common Core is a front-burner ...  read more

Charter Schools Achieve Superior Outcomes with Unequal Funding

Kathryn Hickok | August 20, 2014
The University of Arkansas has published a first-ever comparison study of cost effectiveness and return on investment between different types of public schools. The Productivity of Public Charter Schools rates ...  read more

Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Subsidies Be ObamaCare’s Downfall?

Cascade Policy Institute | August 18, 2014
By Sally C. Pipes The battle over ObamaCare has shifted to the courts. This time, the president is on the defensive. Last month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court ...  read more

Join a Union or Pay? Not So Fast, Say Oregonians

Kathryn Hickok | August 13, 2014
A public opinion poll released this week reveals that 84% of Oregonians agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave ...  read more

A Simpler Approach to Fixing Health Care

Guest | September 2, 2014
By Paul Guppy With ObamaCare proving increasingly unworkable and unpopular, many people are urging officials to get the government out of running our health care by legalizing a simple and direct way for workers to pay their health care―allow families to open large HSAs in which they ...  read more

Who Makes Less Than Minimum Wage?

Guest | August 28, 2014
By Trent England The Wall Street Journal recently reported about small business owners losing their health insurance, or facing expensive rate increases, thanks to ObamaCare. Several thousand of the nation’s smallest business owners—sole proprietors and the self-employed—were kicked off their small-business plans by carriers earlier this year. That ...  read more

New Book Shows Transformational Impact of K-8 Scholarships

Kathryn Hickok | August 21, 2014
Rowman & Littlefield recently released Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by prominent author Naomi Schaefer Riley. In her book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives have been improved through scholarships allowing them to attend private ...  read more
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