Press Release: Legal Analysis Finds Land Board in Breach of Trust over Elliott State Forest

November 25, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: John A. Charles, Jr. 503-242-0900 Kathryn Walter 617-519-6168   PORTLAND, Ore. ― A detailed legal analysis released today by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the State Land Board, which has responsibility for the Elliott State Forest, has not prudently managed this asset and likely has […]


Report Shows Possibilities for Elliott State Forest to Make Money for Oregon Schools

Today, the Cascade Policy Institute released a report analyzing the range of policy options for turning the Elliott State Forest from a liability into an asset for Oregon’s Common School Fund. The Elliott State Forest (ESF), located on Oregon’s South Coast, is part of a portfolio of lands known as “Common School Trust Lands.” These […]


Report Questions Legality of Renewable Energy Certificates

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute issued a report today, questioning the legality of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and calling for the state Attorney General to investigate possible violations of the Oregon Unfair Trade Practices Act. RECs are tradable commodities purporting to represent the “environmental amenities” of producing electricity from a select list of renewable energy sources. A REC is created […]


Sale of Elliott State Forest Would Mean Millions More Each Year For Schools

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 […]


Report Makes the Case for Cities and Counties to Leave TriMet

A report released Monday by Cascade Policy Institute recommends that cities and counties within TriMet’s service jurisdiction consider leaving the transit district. The study shows that TriMet’s ongoing financial crisis is not just a temporary problem, but a permanent one caused by a failed business model. The agency has one of the most expensive union contracts in America, and […]


Report Shows $52 Million Street Project Makes Traffic Worse

A case study released today by Cascade Policy Institute shows that the $52 million retrofit to Portland’s Southwest Moody Avenue is already increasing local traffic congestion and will be unable to accommodate future road capacity needs for the South Waterfront district in the future. During 2011-12 SW Moody Avenue was raised 14 feet and the overall right-of-way […]


Coalition Releases New ‘Facing Reality’ Budget Report

For Immediate Release April 8, 2013   PORTLAND, Ore. – Americans for Prosperity-Oregon and Cascade Policy Institute have released a new report, Facing Reality 2013, which calls attention to limited government and pro-growth solutions to current Oregon budget problems.   “The Legislature continues to give citizens the false choice of either failing our children or […]


An Alternative Analysis of Measure Five’s Impact on State and Local Government

Cascade’s first major research report after its founding in 1991 dealt with the property tax relief measure passed by Oregon voters in 1990. Published in 1992 before the World Wide Web was widely available, it asked the question, “Does Oregon have a tax problem, or a spending problem?” It is posted online now for the […]


Protecting Public Safety and Reducing Correctional Costs in Oregon

Can Oregon’s criminal justice system fight crime, prioritize victims and protect taxpayers all at the same time?  The policy director and a policy analyst for the national conservative group Right on Crime say that it can in this new Cascade paper. Click here to read the report.


Wind Power Can’t Cost-Effectively Be a Large Grid’s Main Source of Electricity

PORTLAND, Oregon—Because of its variable nature, wind energy is not suited to be the lone or primary source of a grid’s total electricity, according to a new Cascade Policy Institute–Reason Foundation study. If used to produce more than 10-20 percent of a system’s electricity, wind power increases operating costs, due to the need for expensive […]