Steve Buckstein

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Law Perverts Compassion into Coercion

Picture two Oregon workers. One, a highly skilled and educated woman named Kate, earns well over $40 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. The other—a younger, less skilled, and less educated woman also named Kate—has a job that pays her Oregon’s minimum wage rate of $9.25 per hour. The first Kate happens to […]

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Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to upset all sides. She has determined that the Portland area minimum wage should be exactly $15.52 by 2022. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Today Hears Teachers’ Case to Be Free from All Union Dues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact: Steve Buckstein 503-242-0900 steven@cascadepolicy.org PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments this morning in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of free speech and free association for public employees nationwide, including Oregon. Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other California public school […]

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Policy Picnic – January 28, 2016

Please join us for our monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade Founder and Senior Policy Analyst Steve Buckstein Topic: Celebrate National School Choice Week! Description:   Cascade will celebrate this year’s National School Choice Week (January 24-30) with our first Policy Picnic of the year on Thursday, January 28, from noon to 1:30 pm in our offices. Steve Buckstein will […]

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Freedom in Film: Nicky’s Family (2011)

As the world approaches 2016, we reflect on what transpired in 2015 and what lies ahead in the New Year. The terrorism we saw recently in Paris and San Bernardino was terrible; but 6,000 people are alive today who witnessed those events through the eyes of 669 relatives who would have perished in the Nazi […]

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Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city of Portland to go above whatever the statewide minimum ends up being. State Senator Michael Dembrow (D) thinks […]

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Uber and Portland: “The Future and Its Enemies” Clash in the Rose City

The Portland City Council has voted 3-2 to let ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft operate permanently in the city. The normally “progressive” council members’ split decision revealed a conflict of visions that does not fall along ideological lines as much as it falls along lines revealing how they view the future. Author Virginia Postrel wrote […]

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This Thanksgiving, Are You Part of the One Percent?

You may not have learned this in school, but prior to the 1623 Thanksgiving celebration in the Plymouth colony it had the equivalent of a modern-day socialist economy. Land and crops were held in common; and food was distributed based on need, not on production. Able young men were often unwilling to work hard for […]

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That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” The fact-checkers quickly came up […]

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Policy Picnic – November 18, 2015

Please join us for our monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade Founder and Senior Policy Analyst Steve Buckstein Topic: “Right to Work” Reaches the Supreme Court   Description: The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association this fall. Will the Court side for teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, or for the powerful union that wants to […]

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