Steve Buckstein

As ObamaCare Turns Four, How’s It Working out for You?

The Affordable Care Act turned four years old last Sunday. So how’s it working out for you? If you’re one of the millions who lost, or risk losing, the insurance you already had, your answer is probably “not so great.” If you’re a young person who realizes that ObamaCare wants you to pay much higher […]

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As the Affordable Care Act Turns Four, Cascade’s Predictions Were on the Mark

Sunday, March 23, was the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). Cascade founder and senior policy analyst Steve Buckstein predicted then that ObamaCare would “represent much more a violation of individual liberty than an improvement in American health care.” Four years later, the law remains mired in […]

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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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Forced Charity Isn’t Charity…It’s Just Force

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. […]

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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 […]

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Cascade in the Capitol – Testimony Against Placing Limitations on New Charter Schools (SB 1538)

February 6, 2014 Testimony Against SB 1538 before the Oregon Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee By Steve Buckstein Chair Hass and members of the committee, my name is Steve Buckstein. I’m the Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based free-market think tank. I’m here to ask you to reject SB […]

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Cascade in the Capitol – Testimony Against Additional Tobacco Taxes (HB 4129)

February 11, 2014 Testimony Against HB 4129 in the House Revenue Committee By Steve Buckstein Chair Barnhart and members of the committee, my name is Steve Buckstein. I’m the Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based free-market think tank. I’m here to ask you to reject HB 4129. Why the state […]

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The Future of School Choice in Oregon: Education Savings Accounts

Please join us for Cascade’s monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade Policy Institute Senior Policy Analyst and founder Steve Buckstein on Wednesday, January 29th, at noon. Steve will discuss the history of school choice in Oregon: successes, challenges, and the future of the movement. Emphasis will be placed on the Education Equity Emergency Act (E3), which is the first Education […]

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The Future of School Choice in Oregon: Education Savings Accounts

School choice is widespread in America, including in Oregon—unless you are poor. Affluent families have choice because they can move to different neighborhoods or communities, send their children to private schools, or supplement schooling with tutors, online courses, and enrichment programs. Lower and middle-income families, meanwhile, too often are trapped with one option—a school in […]

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Your Government-Mandated New Year’s Resolution

Not content with dictating what kind of health insurance it considers adequate for you, late on New Year’s Eve the federal government announced that it would now decide how you should feel about such mandates. A Healthcare.Gov spokesperson said: “Detecting hesitation among Americans to comply with government rules telling them how to live their lives, […]

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