Publications

Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund. Currently, 96 percent of Oregon’s remaining State Trust Lands show no signs of generating revenue within five to ten […]

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“Oregon Promise” Is Bad Policy

By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. As a current undergraduate at University of Oregon, I understand the importance of education and the problem of exponentially rising tuition costs. With college […]

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Press Release: Cascade Policy Institute Urges TriMet to Cancel Proposed Tax Increase

July 23, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John A. Charles, Jr. 503-242-0900 john@cascadepolicy.org Cascade Policy Institute Urges TriMet to Cancel Proposed Tax Increase PORTLAND, Ore. – At Wednesday’s TriMet board meeting, Cascade Policy Institute President John A. Charles, Jr. presented a detailed critique of TriMet’s proposed tax increase, and urged the Board to cancel […]

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Will “Free” Tuition Make College Cost More?

By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. With college tuition having increased ten-fold over the last three decades, Oregon lawmakers clearly have good intentions, but that doesn’t make the Oregon Promise […]

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Portland Rideshare Drivers Praise “The Land of Opportunity”

Call it the smartphone/mobile app economy. Call it the Free World of Ridesharing. Call it the future. Whatever you call it, Uber, Lyft, and a host of smaller innovative companies are quickly transforming the century-long, highly government-regulated transportation market in Portland and around the world. And this is just a subset of a much broader […]

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Nevada’s Education Innovation

By Emma Newman According to the U.S. Department of Education, Oregon’s 2013 graduation rate is the worst of all 49 states which reported data. Nevada, which held Oregon’s position at the bottom in 2012, has decided to do something truly bold and create a system that allows for unprecedented levels of accountability, opportunity, and individualization […]

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“Right to Try” Is a Good First Step, Should Be Expanded

By Anna Mae Kersey Oregon House Bill 2300 gives terminally ill patients access to potentially life-saving drugs or investigational products not yet approved by the FDA that they might otherwise die waiting for. While the necessity of such a bill is largely uncontroversial, and since last year more than 20 states have passed similar legislation, […]

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Taking Leave of Sickness

By Maxford Nelsen A version of this article by Freedom Foundation labor policy analyst Maxford Nelsen originally appeared in The American Spectator on July 1, 2015. Oregon’s Legislature just passed a law requiring employers with 10 or more employees to offer five days of paid sick leave to their employees per year, making Oregon the fourth […]

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Press Release – Oregon Right to Try Bill Unanimously Passes the House and Senate

July 6, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 steven@cascadepolicy.org Oregon Right to Try Bill Unanimously Passes the House and Senate PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s Right to Try bill, HB 2300 B, passed 29-0 in the Senate and was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 last week. It now […]

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The Crisis of Common Sense

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 hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, but it was his friend Thomas Paine who stirred the new nation to […]

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