Cascade Policy Institute seeks to engage the citizens of Oregon, the media, and state/local lawmakers in an in-depth discussion about economic opportunity in Oregon and to move forward in a direction that creates a healthy, dynamic economic climate in the state. To achieve these ends, Cascade serves as an advocate for the citizens of Oregon to restore the entrepreneurial spirit that led the pioneers to seek this territory in the first place.

Even though the majority of Oregonians work for small businesses, our state has routinely been rated one of the most small-business unfriendly states in the country according to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. Rankings are based on government imposed or government related restrictions including tax rates, minimum wage laws, liability laws and other factors.

To turn this situation around, Cascade uses research publications, media outreach, public talks, and networking with lawmakers, business people, and other influential Oregonians. Going forward, Cascade will continue to be actively engaged at the state and local level, providing high quality research, public testimony and advocacy promoting limited government, free markets, and a healthy business climate.

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John A. Charles, Jr.
President and CEO