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 +

The Crisis of Common Sense

Steve Buckstein | July 2, 2015
I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung ...  read more

How the State of Oregon Gambles Away Its Lottery Proceeds

Cascade Policy Institute | July 1, 2015
By Thomas Tullis When Oregon politicians pretend to be experts on venture capital investing, it ends up costing the state millions of dollars in education money. This is exactly what ...  read more

Press Release – Statement on the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Decision

Steve Buckstein | June 25, 2015
June 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 steven@cascadepolicy.org Cascade Policy Institute Statement on Today’s Supreme Court King v. Burwell Decision: More Oregonians will lose rather than ...  read more

Does PCC-Sylvania Need a Light Rail Tunnel?

Cascade Policy Institute | June 24, 2015
By Emma Newman Metro and TriMet are jointly considering an expansion of the light rail system to PCC-Sylvania in SW Portland, by building a tunnel to the campus from Barbur ...  read more

Oregon’s Proposed Sick Leave Law Doesn’t Fit All

Cascade Policy Institute | June 17, 2015
By Anna Mae Kersey Senate Bill 454, which mandates that employers implement paid sick leave for employees, may leave small business owners and the agriculture industry in the dust. SB ...  read more

Oregon Right to Try Bill Passes Both Houses

Steve Buckstein | July 2, 2015
Oregon’s Right to Try bill (HB 2300 B), passed 29-0 in the Senate last night, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 this afternoon. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature. It will give many terminally ill ...  read more

Cascade Board Member Gilion Dumas Coaches PSU Debaters

John Charles | July 2, 2015
Cascade Policy Institute Board member Gilion Dumas recently spent 90 minutes with six young women at Portland State University who were preparing for a debate with their peers about the issue of mandatory sick leave. The women were part of the 2015 class at the ...  read more

Coming to America: Hang onto a Dream

Steve Buckstein | July 2, 2015
America is the only country in the world founded on ideas—not on race, not on culture, not on language, but on the ideas of human liberty and freedom. These ideas, as our founders noted, are universal, but they have been lived out here better than ...  read more
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