Steve Buckstein

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 steven@cascadepolicy.org Oregon Right to Try Bill Unanimously Passes the House and Senate PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s Right to Try bill, […]

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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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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 steven@cascadepolicy.org 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 […]

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Minimum Wage Follies

Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics. In this case, the law of supply and demand tells us that raising the price of labor will lead employers to […]

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Don’t Steal the Kicker

Would you like to pay $284 less in Oregon personal income tax next year? That’s what the average taxpayer may save if Oregon’s constitutional kicker law is allowed to take effect. The kicker law requires that if actual state revenue for a biennium exceeds the official economic forecast by two percent or more, the entire […]

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Policy Picnic – June 24, 2015

Please join us for our monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade Senior Policy Analyst and Founder Steve Buckstein Topic: Will the Oregon legislature let terminally ill Oregonians try to save their own lives? Description: Twenty-one states have now passed “Right to Try” laws allowing terminally ill individuals the right to try experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA. […]

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