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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A Prescription for Affordable Housing in Portland

Cascade Policy Institute | July 23, 2014
A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district.  read more

Oregon’s Prescription-Only Cold Medicine Law Needs a New Look

Steve Buckstein | July 22, 2014
In recent years, Cascade Policy Institute has tracked and analyzed the effectiveness of a 2006 Oregon state law that requires all citizens to obtain a doctor’s prescription before buying pseudoephedrine-based ...  read more

U.S. Has the Worst Health Care? Not by a Long Shot

Cascade Policy Institute | July 18, 2014
Few complaints about the U.S. health care system are as common as the claim that we spend too much on health care and get too little for all that spending ...  read more

Leave Lodging Alone

Cascade Policy Institute | July 17, 2014
On July 2, the Portland City Council held a hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code concerning short-term rentals. The council chambers were packed with citizens who support legalizing ...  read more

Portland Public Schools’ New Ombudsman Should Be Independent

Cascade Policy Institute | July 16, 2014
In response to parent complaints, Portland Public Schools will create a new ombudsman position. An ombudsman is a person within an organization who provides accountability and investigates complaints.  read more

Who Will Win? Portland’s Taxi Protectionism Versus the Right to Earn a Living

Steve Buckstein | July 1, 2014
Cascade has been involved in helping deregulate Portland’s transportation network since we helped open the taxi market in the mid-1990s. At that time, the City Council was persuaded in part by a winning entry in our Oregon Better Government Competition from the libertarian public interest ...  read more

Florida Parents Get to “Customize” Kids’ Education

Kathryn Hickok | June 25, 2014
Florida just became the second state to pass an Education Savings Account law, giving parents of certain special-needs children “Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts.” Governor Rick Scott signed the bill June 20. FloridaWatchdog.org’s Mary C. Tillotsen writes: Parents receive an allotted sum in their education savings ...  read more

Don’t Raise the Minimum Wage—End It!

Steve Buckstein | May 7, 2014
On May Day I was a guest on a new “progressive” Portland radio station arguing against not only raising the minimum wage, but the policy itself. I was outnumbered four to one on the show, so it was a fair fight. The show host, former ...  read more
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