Steve Buckstein

TeachersPayTeachers Creates Learning Entrepreneurs

The debate over the sharing economy often revolves around the well-known players such as the room rental company Airbnb and the ridesharing company Uber. These firms have harnessed the liberating power of technology to unleash billions of dollars of so-called dead capital, while turning millions of people around the world into entrepreneurs, serving their fellow […]


The Minimum Wage Conversation Never Ends

Oregon and some other states mandate that their minimum wage increase every year with the Consumer Price Index. Based on that formula, last Wednesday it was announced that Oregon’s minimum wage, the second highest in the country at $9.25 an hour, will stay unchanged in 2016. That same evening during the Republican presidential debate, one […]


Event Video – Ending the Public Employee Union Stranglehold on State Politics

The Executive Club and Cascade Policy Institute were pleased to welcome David Nott, president of Reason Foundation, at the Executive Club’s September 2, 2015 dinner event. Introduction by Cascade founder Steve Buckstein. David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The foundation also publishes the award-winning […]


Event Video – Mark Skousen’s View of What Leads to Economic Growth May Surprise You

Cascade Policy Institute presents Professor Mark Skousen, named “one of the top 20 most influential living economists,” as he reveals “What Hidden Forces Lead to Economic Growth and a Higher Standard of Living?” and “Why are some countries rich and others poor?” This lunch event in Portland on August 14, 2015 was introduced by Steve Buckstein, […]


Most Teachers Oppose Mandatory Union Fees

A national education journal, EducationNext, has just released results of its annual poll asking a number of education-related questions. One question has particular relevance now because this happens to be National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership. The EducationNext […]


Put Individual Rights Above Those of Powerful Unions

By the time the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case next June, Rebecca Friedrichs may be the most well-known public school teacher in America—and the most controversial. She is asking the Court to uphold the Constitutional First Amendment free speech and free association rights of all California public school […]


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 […]


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

UPDATE – Governor Kate Brown signed Right to Try bill HB 2300 into law on August 12, 2015. It takes effect January 1, 2016. July 6, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 Oregon Right to Try Bill Unanimously Passes the House and Senate PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s Right to Try bill, […]


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 […]


Press Release – Statement on the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Decision

June 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 Cascade Policy Institute Statement on Today’s Supreme Court King v. Burwell Decision: More Oregonians will lose rather than win PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court decision today in the King v. Burwell case is a sad reminder that the President of the […]