Comments on the Discussion Draft Report of the City of Portland Peak Oil Task Force

John A. Charles, Jr.Speculation about “peak oil” is an intellectual fad that has been fashionable at various times throughout the past 120 years. Recently it has seized the spotlight again, and the Portland Peak Oil Task Force Report states that, “many experts predict global oil production will peak within five years, and few anticipate a peak later than 2020.”

This forecast is likely to be wrong, just as all previous forecasts of

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Testimony on HB 2037

Steve BucksteinBefore the House Education Innovation Subcommittee

in favor of removing restrictions on public charter schools offering online courses

By Steve Buckstein

February 6, 2007

Good afternoon, Chair Komp and members of the Committee. My name is Steve Buckstein. I’m Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a public policy research organization based in Portland.

As you know, one section of public charter school law ORS 338 requires 50 percent of online charter school students to

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Invited Testimony on HB2201: “Oregon Healthy Kids Program”

Steve BucksteinPresented to a Joint Hearing of the House Committee on Health Care and the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Public Affairs

By Steve Buckstein

January 26, 2007

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Madam Chair, and Committee members.

My name is Steve Buckstein. I’m Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a public policy research organization headquartered in Portland.

Before addressing the Healthy Kids Program specifically, I think we can all agree that our current health care system is dysfunctional. We may not agree on the causes, however, or the cures.

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Reduce the burden of the Business License Fee

Steve BucksteinTestimony before the Portland City Council
January 18, 2007

I’m Steve Buckstein, Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based think tank.

Whether Oregon is a high tax state or a low tax state for business, everyone understands that it’s more expensive to do business in Portland than it is in the rest of the state because of the Business License Fee.

I’m glad that this proposal is up for discussion, and I want to make three quick points for your consideration.

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Testimony before the Portland Development Commission on its Prevailing Wage Policy

Steve BucksteinThe Portland Development Commission (the semi-independent economic development arm of the Portland City Council) has resisted paying above market, government-mandated, prevailing wages on construction projects that involve some public funding but are primarily privately owned. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries is trying to convince PDC that it should pay prevailing wages on these projects.

Steve Buckstein’s testimony before the PDC commissioners came as they continue to wrestle with setting a formal policy on the prevailing wage issue.

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Testimony before the House Select Committee on Education

Steve BucksteinThe Oregon House Select Committee on Education, chaired by Representative Linda Flores, is meeting to consider possible education reform legislation for the next legislative session which begins in January. On September 27, 2006 the committee heard from the Washington Scholarship Fund, which administers both a privately funded and a publicly funded voucher program in Washington, D.C., followed by testimony and discussion with Steve Buckstein and Matt Wingard of Cascade Policy Institute on the concept of school choice.

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Steve Buckstein's remarks to the Dorchester Conference

Steve BucksteinSteve Buckstein, Cascade Senior Policy Analyst and founder, was asked to give a presentation before The Dorchester Conference, billed as America’s oldest annual political conference, which took place in Seaside, Oregon the weekend of March 3-5, 2006. Steve’s previous presentations included arguments in favor of school choice and Social Security personal accounts.

This year, Steve spoke in opposition to the

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