Tax and Budget

Educational Savings Accounts: The “Smartphones” of Parental Choice

Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA legislation from Nevada, which will make 93% of Nevada students eligible for ESAs in 2016 and all students eligible by 2027 (at the latest). Educational […]


Get Oregon out of the Liquor Business

There are still eighteen so-called “control states” in America that exert substantial control over the sale of liquor. Oregon is one of them, virtually monopolizing its warehousing, distribution, and sale through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). You would think that independent-minded Oregonians would have rebelled against such control by now. Next year, they might. […]


Assaulting “Corporate Profits” Will Hit Average Oregonians

A union-backed group is planning to put an initiative on Oregon’s 2016 General Election ballot that would result in the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Designed to tax sales of large corporations doing business in Oregon, Initiative Petition 28 may raise more than $5 billion every biennium, increasing Oregon’s General Fund budget by twenty-six […]


The Jayne Carroll Show Interviews Jared Meyer on Washington’s Betrayal of America’s Young People

Guest host Aaron Stevens interviewed the Manhattan Institute’s Jared Meyer on The Jayne Carroll Show (1360 AM KUIK) on October 21. In this 8-minute interview, Jared talks about how entitlement programs and the Affordable Care Act disadvantage young people to benefit those with much higher net worth. If you missed Jared’s fantastic presentation at Ernesto’s […]


How Washington Is Disinheriting American Kids

By Jared Meyer and Kathryn Hickok Is Washington, D.C. disinheriting America’s kids? You bet. Achieving the American Dream will be more difficult for the next generation because policies and programs created by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington restrict economic opportunity for the young. The expansion of entitlement benefits and government services places a major future […]


Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians and bureaucrats in Washington have put in place policies that restrict economic opportunity for the […]


How Would You Spend $100 Million?

How would you spend $100 million? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the most successful social network on the planet, you spend it trying to improve one of the most unsuccessful public school districts in America: the one in Newark, New Jersey. In 2010 Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark Public School System on […]


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 […]