Publications

What Can Be Learned from Portland’s Smart Growth Experience?

The annual “New Partners for Smart Growth” conference opens in Portland on Thursday, February 11. “Smart Growth” refers to an amorphous planning theory favoring (or requiring) high urban densities, mixed-use development, and non-auto travel. Given Portland’s status as the Mecca for this philosophy, it’s likely that the conference will be a love fest of planners, […]

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Is Oregon Getting More Business Unfriendly?

Oregon is known as a small business state. Few large corporations are headquartered here, and current policy debates in the legislature and measures headed for the November ballot threaten to make our state even less friendly to business than it already is. Two recent publications document how bad the outlook for Oregon’s economy is now. […]

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Not One Dollar More

The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools. However, the lands will not be auctioned to the highest bidder. In fact, they will not be auctioned at all. The State will set the price based on appraisals, and purchasers […]

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Law Perverts Compassion into Coercion

Picture two Oregon workers. One, a highly skilled and educated woman named Kate, earns well over $40 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. The other—a younger, less skilled, and less educated woman also named Kate—has a job that pays her Oregon’s minimum wage rate of $9.25 per hour. The first Kate happens to […]

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2016’s Record-Breaking Celebration of School Choice

This week is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan way.” Planned by a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations, National School Choice Week features special events and activities that support school choice programs […]

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Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager This week marks National School Choice Week, and states across the nation have much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for online and charter schools, education savings accounts, scholarship tax credits for children with disabilities, and open enrollment, […]

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Press Release: Largest Celebration of Education Reform in U.S. History Begins January 24

January 22, 2016 For Immediate Release Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 or steven@cascadepolicy.org   Cascade Policy Institute Plans Special Event to Celebrate National School Choice Week 2016 Portland, Oregon to play role in nation’s largest celebration of education reform   Portland, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute will hold a special event in celebration of National […]

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Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to upset all sides. She has determined that the Portland area minimum wage should be exactly $15.52 by 2022. […]

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Electric Utilities Should Call the Bluff of Green Radicals

Two committees of the Oregon Legislature will hear presentations this week on a legislative proposal to eliminate the use of coal in Oregon’s electricity grid by 2035. Coal is the source of power for 33.4% of Oregon’s electricity consumption. According to news reports, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp have agreed to this proposal in order […]

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Taxpayers Bear the Risk of a Very Rich Oregon Public Employees Retirement System

By Randall Pozdena The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) fund is, once again, in the news because of its weak financial condition. The Oregon Supreme Court recently rejected cost containment changes to PERS plans. Also, asset returns have been weaker than hoped. The Oregonian reported last December 1 that PERS’ unfunded actuarial liability (UAL) […]

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