A new report released todayshows that if the Oregon State Land Board sold or leased the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, public school funding would increase by at least $40 million annually. Roughly 85,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest are managed for the primary purpose of raising funds for public schools. These lands are known as […]
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 […]
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once remarked that “the reason why the public thinks so much of the Justices is that they are almost the only people in Washington who do their own work.” However, according to Clark M. Neily III, judges at all levels still might be doing their own work, but are abdicating […]
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 […]
When Phil and Penny Knight announced last September* that they would offer $500 million to OHSU for cancer research if the public matched their gift, it understandably led to an outpouring of positive comments and support. But then, OHSU wanted state taxpayers to come up with $200 million of the match through a building bond. […]
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 […]
In December 2013, Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles spoke to the Clackamas County Americans for Prosperity group about the dangers of the Metro regional government and their planning decisions.
By William Newell The recent Portland School Board decision to expand enrollment at Benson Polytechnic High School exemplifies an odd mindset within the public education system. The board’s decision allows Benson to increase its enrollment from 821 to 850 students, due to public outcry over the limit. Benson was designed to handle 2,000 students, yet […]
Cascade in the Capitol: Testimony for the House Education Committee Against SB 1538 which would limit new charter school options
February 19, 2014 Testimony Against SB 1538 Before the Oregon House Education Committee Chair Gelser and members of the Committee, my name is Steve Buckstein. I’m Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute based in Portland. I would like you to reject SB 1538. Interestingly, the Senate has overwhelmingly approved SB 1525, which […]
During January’s Tigard Initiative Public Forum, John Charles debated a Tigard City Counselor on the merits of the Tigard ballot measure that would place restraints on the Tigard City Council regarding the Southwest Corridor Plan.