Steve Buckstein

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

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, HB 2300 B, passed 29-0 in the Senate and was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 last week. It now […]

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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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June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want to miss a free public debate on donor privacy the evening of Monday, June 1 in Portland. As […]

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A Generational Mistake

The Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down key 2013 legislative reforms to the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars. The Court in effect added some $5 billion back to the unfunded liability of the PERS system, which will now stand at over $14 billion. If not […]

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Government-Imposed Minimum Wage Increases Don’t Work for Oregon Small Businesses

The concept that everyone should earn at least some government-mandated minimum wage is politically very appealing. It’s almost the classic example of taking from the few and giving to the many. “The few” in this case are portrayed as rich businessmen who could never spend all the money they have, so what’s wrong with making […]

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Oregon Children Deserve the Right to Try

Oregon hopefully will join twelve states that have enacted Right to Try legislation, allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA. In several states, the face of Right to Try efforts was a child. Fourteen-year-old Diego Morris was honorary chairman of the Arizona campaign that saw 78 percent of voters […]

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