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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Should Compulsory Schooling Start at Age Five?

Steve Buckstein | March 4, 2015
Every state in the union has what are known as compulsory school attendance laws. Oregon currently requires that virtually every child attend school from age seven to age 18. A ...  read more

Are ObamaCare’s Insurance Subsidies Legal?

Kathryn Hickok | March 4, 2015
Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...  read more

Event Video – The Man Who Could Bring Down Obamacare

Cascade Policy Institute | March 2, 2015
On February 26, 2015 at a co-sponsored event presented by Cascade Policy Institute and Washington Policy Center, Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, spoke before ...  read more

Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

John Charles | February 25, 2015
State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate ...  read more

Media Release: The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

John Charles | February 25, 2015
February 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John A. Charles, Jr. 503-242-0900 john@cascadepolicy.org PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute today released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout ...  read more

Gasoline and Greed

Guest | February 20, 2015
By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I filled my tank for $3.32 ...  read more

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

Steve Buckstein | February 18, 2015
Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades three through eight and high ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Kathryn Hickok | January 27, 2015
Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with the heroes, and hoping for ...  read more
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