Tax and Budget

Mysteries of Tilikum Crossing

Portland’s newest bridge over the Willamette River, Tilikum Crossing, has a few puzzling design features. Apparently, a barrier down the middle of the bridge means that a stalled light rail train or bus would shut down transportation until it was removed, because no vehicle could go around it. If the bridge is only open to trains, […]


Policy Picnic – October 28, 2015

Please join us for our monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles, Jr. Topic: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail: Comparing Promises with Reality  Description: TriMet’s newest MAX line opened on September 12. At $210 million per mile, this was the most expensive light rail line in Portland history. Now that it’s open, is it making the […]


Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young

Cascade Policy Institute presents Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young Jared Meyer   Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Author of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young   For Millennials, achieving success will be more difficult than it was for young Americans in the past. This is because Washington made decisions that render […]


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, […]


Taxpayers Ultimately Get the Bill for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion

By Thomas Tullis Thirty states have already undertaken the Medicaid expansion encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. In Oregon, more than one in 4 people are now enrolled in Medicaid. Enrollment is nearly twice as high as originally thought, and now lawmakers are looking at a half-billion-dollar state deficit after grossly miscalculating the projection. In […]


When Will the State Land Board Restore the “Trust” in Oregon’s State Trust Lands?

  By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union in 1859, it was granted approximately 3.4 million acres by Congress in State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education. In so doing, Congress assigned a fiduciary responsibility to the state to produce a profit from these lands for the […]


The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late last year. This industry takeover is just one example of how private market innovation has […]


What They Say vs. What They Do: How PCC Students Really Get to School

By Anna Mae Kersey, Emma Newman, and Thomas Tullis TriMet is considering the construction of a light rail line from Portland State University to Tualatin, at a cost of roughly $2 billion. One routing option still on the table is to run the train down Barbur Boulevard, then build a tunnel to the Sylvania campus […]


Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund. Currently, 96 percent of Oregon’s remaining State Trust Lands show no signs of generating revenue within five to ten […]


“Oregon Promise” Is Bad Policy

By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. As a current undergraduate at University of Oregon, I understand the importance of education and the problem of exponentially rising tuition costs. With college […]