Category Archives: Issues

Could We Really Be Driving on Platinum Streets?

While politicians may be forgiven for stretching facts when it comes to making their points, they shouldn’t totally ignore economic reality. That’s what seemed to happen on July 6, the last day of the Oregon 2015 legislative session, when a … Continue reading

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Oregon Right to Try Bill Passes Both Houses

Oregon’s Right to Try bill (HB 2300 B), passed 29-0 in the Senate last night, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 this afternoon. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature. It … Continue reading

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Cascade Board Member Gilion Dumas Coaches PSU Debaters

Cascade Policy Institute Board member Gilion Dumas recently spent 90 minutes with six young women at Portland State University who were preparing for a debate with their peers about the issue of mandatory sick leave. The women were part of … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Tax Freedom Day

Watchdog.org published this guest article by Cascade’s publications director Kathryn Hickok for Tax Freedom Day 2015. By Kathryn Hickok | Watchdog Opinion “Are you working to live, or living to work?” Well, maybe you’re working for runaway government spending. According … Continue reading

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Are Taxes Really the Price We Pay for Civilization? No.

Twenty-four years ago, economist Mark Skousen penned a powerful little essay, “Persuasion Versus Force,” that might just change how we look at taxation forever. One early paragraph makes the central point: “Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “‘Taxation … Continue reading

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Gasoline and Greed

By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

The concept that everyone should earn at least some government-mandated minimum wage is politically very appealing. It’s almost the classic example of taking from the few and giving to the many. “The few” in this case are portrayed as rich … Continue reading

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When Are Energy-Efficiency Efforts Worth It?

When does “being green” make sense?  Perhaps not as often as you think. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center, recently noted in a Wall Street Journal article that a “key mistake people make when … Continue reading

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A Simpler Approach to Fixing Health Care

By Paul Guppy With ObamaCare proving increasingly unworkable and unpopular, many people are urging officials to get the government out of running our health care by legalizing a simple and direct way for workers to pay their health care―allow families to … Continue reading

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Who Makes Less Than Minimum Wage?

By Trent England The Wall Street Journal recently reported about small business owners losing their health insurance, or facing expensive rate increases, thanks to ObamaCare. Several thousand of the nation’s smallest business owners—sole proprietors and the self-employed—were kicked off their small-business plans by … Continue reading

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