Category Archives: Tax and Budget

Is Washington State ObamaCare’s Success Story?

Washington has had one of the most “successful” ObamaCare rollouts in the country, with a couple hundred thousand applications placed through their state’s health insurance exchange. But the picture is not all rosy. Dr. Roger Stark, a health care policy … Continue reading

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Bond Proposal Turns Charity into “Crony Philanthrophy”

It was wonderful to hear that Phil and Penny Knight recently offered a $500 million cancer challenge to OHSU if the public would match their donation. But now OHSU wants taxpayers to come up with $200 million of the match … Continue reading

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New Tax Regs Would Stifle Rural Businesses’ Online Success

Despite some economic recovery for the state, sixteen of Oregon’s most rural counties still see unemployment rates above 6 percent. Young people living in those areas often must leave their families and home communities to find jobs in more urban … Continue reading

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Oregon Ranks #22 in State-Level Indebtedness

The U.S. national debt is estimated at $53,000 per person today―and climbing. But that doesn’t take into account Americans’ state-level debt. According to the Tax Foundation’s map of state debt per capita (fiscal year 2011), Oregon’s debt is $3,650. Massachusetts … Continue reading

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“Citizens Against Crime” Makes Burglars Pause in Josephine County

With only three patrol officers covering 1,642 square miles of a rural Southern Oregon county, law enforcement can respond only “to life-threatening calls.” For lesser crimes, citizens could find themselves on their own. In May 2012, severe budget problems in … 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: 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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Debunking Tax Myths

Two of Oregon’s top private economists, and Cascade authors, have now produced a national publication which debunks seven popular tax myths commonly used by advocates of higher taxes. Dr. Randall Pozdena and Dr. Eric Fruits discuss the following seven myths … Continue reading

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Cascade in the Capitol: Opposition to more subsidies of student higher education costs

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has proposed that the state obligate its citizens to repaying hundreds of millions of dollars in General Obligation bonds to subsidies student higher education costs. Below is the prepared testimony that I gave to a House … Continue reading

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