Category Archives: Cascade in the Capitol

Cascade in the Capitol – Testimony Against Placing Limitations on New Charter Schools (SB 1538)

February 6, 2014 Testimony Against SB 1538 before the Oregon Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee By Steve Buckstein Chair Hass and members of the committee, my name is Steve Buckstein. I’m the Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade … Continue reading

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Oregon Foster Advocate Backs School Choice Bill

Northwest Watchdog reports that the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Clackamas County hopes the Oregon legislature will pass a bill to create individual savings accounts for foster children’s education expenses. Modeled after a successful Arizona program, … Continue reading

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Legislative Update – Education Equity Emergency Act (E3)

Cascade founder Steve Buckstein orchestrated testimony Thursday on an exciting Education Savings Account bill that may represent the future of school choice in Oregon. The bill had a “concept hearing” before the Senate Interim Education and Workforce Development Committee.* Bend … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Health Care and Hair Braiding

In the waning days of the legislative session in Salem, Cascadians are still at work representing the views of free-market and limited-government Oregonians. On Monday, Steve Buckstein took up the fight against single payer health care, testifying about the negatives … Continue reading

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Cascade in the Capitol: Testimony Opposing an Oregon Single Payer Health Care System

Audio of the entire hearing is here.  Steve Buckstein’s oral testimony begins at the 36:37 mark. Testimony in Opposition to HB 2922 The “Affordable Health Care for All Oregon” Plan Before the House Committee on Health Care   By Steve … Continue reading

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Bills Aim to Stop Tree Huggers from Harming People and Property

By Doug DeFilipps One of the most basic responsibilities of any government is to protect the property of citizens.  To that end, the Oregon House has approved two bills to strengthen the property rights of logging companies in Oregon. House … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Sales Tax and TriMet

Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein talked with legislators in Salem this week about the need to reform the TriMet transit agency and why Oregon voters are wary of instituting a sales tax. On Monday, John Charles testified before the … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Marijuana, ODOT, and the Energy Trust of Oregon

While much of the media this week focused on gun control bills, Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein brought attention to government spending, marijuana, and the “Tax That Won’t Die,” aka the Oregon Public Purpose Charge. On Monday, John Charles … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Commuter Rail to Salem and Tax Increase Warnings

Nearing the end of March, events in the Capitol have slowed down a bit. Despite that, Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein still speak to our elected leaders in the legislature, bringing free-market and fiscally responsible perspectives to issues under … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Virtual Schools, Tobacco Taxes, and Land-Use

We are a month and a half into Oregon’s 2013 legislative session. Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein are in the capitol several days each week, bringing free-market and fiscally responsible perspectives to issues before numerous committees. On Tuesday, Steve … Continue reading

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