Commentaries

Elliott State Forest Management Puts Small Birds over Small Kids

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common School Fund (CSF). One of the largest assets supporting the Fund is the 93,000-acre Elliott […]

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Time to Stop Throwing Money down the WES Sinkhole

In its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, TriMet forecasts the purchase of two additional vehicles for the Wilsonville-to-Beaverton commuter rail line known as WES. The total cost will be $8.5 million in borrowed funds. None of those costs will be paid by WES riders; $600,000 annually in debt service will be paid by taxpayers for […]

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Four Years of ObamaCare Failures Is Long Enough

By Sally C. Pipes President Obama marked the fourth anniversary of the passage of ObamaCare this week by promising to spend the next year “working to implement and improve on it.” He has his work cut out for him. Four years on, the Affordable Care Act has failed to deliver what its name formally promised—and […]

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In Oregon and Nationally, ObamaCare’s Exchanges Don’t Play Well with the Young

By Sally C. Pipes Young people appear to have abandoned President Obama less than two years after sending him back to the White House. Only 41 percent of Americans 18 to 29 approve of his job performance, according to a recent poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Even more—56 percent—disapprove of ObamaCare, his chief domestic […]

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Wanted: Less Judicial Activism, More Judicial Engagement

By Clark M. Neily III Does America have an “activist” judiciary that constantly involves itself in policy disputes best left to the other branches? Several Supreme Court justices have publicly expressed that view recently, but they are dead wrong. Indeed, given the breathtaking abuses of power we have seen by other branches lately, the prospect […]

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Income Inequality: A Problem That Isn’t

The debate over “income inequality” has simmered for some time, but now seems to be upfront as a key dividing line in American politics. President Obama uses the concept to make his case for raising the federal minimum wage. And, the Oregon Department of Employment reports on the so-called growing wage gap between rich and […]

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Is a Doctor Shortage on the Horizon?

The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is projected to add 30 million more nonelderly persons to the insurance rolls nationwide by 2022, and Oregon intends to expand Medicaid enrollment by up to 260,000 people under the ACA. But carrying an insurance card isn’t the same as having timely access to quality health care. We also need […]

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Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Goal Is Still Fantasy

By William Newell The 2013 North American World Environment Day opened with a speech from Mayor Charlie Hales on the need for Portland to lead on renewable energy policy as it has on other environmental practices. As part of this renewed leadership effort, the Mayor reiterated a 2012 Portland City Council resolution which called on […]

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Oregon Medicaid Study Doesn’t Love Big Brother

By Dr. Jonathan Witt If a large Oregon study is any indication, the Affordable Care Act may drive up frivolous emergency room visits and do little to improve people’s physical or economic health. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment began after Oregon budgeted to add several thousand people to their Medicaid rolls and held a lottery to fill […]

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School Choice Promotes Opportunities “Centered on the Future”

“I wish that the education system could understand that not every child fits into the same sized box, and everyone needs to do what is right for their family,” says Lisa, a Portland-area mother whose children receive tuition assistance from the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland. When Cascade Policy Institute started this privately funded scholarship program in […]

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