Month: November 2009

Learning from Others: Education Tax Credits are a Win-Win

Summary: Forty-four percent of Oregon parents would choose private school if they could afford it, while few actually do attend. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple legislation that has saved other states millions of dollars has brought hope to thousands of families in other states. (more…)

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Oregon Has a 60th Congressional District!

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According to, the U.S. government’s official website for data related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Oregon has a total of nine new congressional districts. That’s eight more than Oregon is projected to have after the 2010 census. (more…)

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$80,000 to Live on Your Own Farm?

Karla Kay EdwardsQuickPoint!

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Oregon is a leader in the “buy local food” movement, and buying fresh produce from local farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) could become an even stronger trend in our state. People not only want to know where their food is coming from, but they also like the fact that they are supporting the local rural economy. (more…)

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Mandates to Reduce Driving Will Kill Oregon’s Economy

Cascade Commentary

By Todd Wynn and John A. Charles, Jr.

Summary: Numerous federal, state and local policies aim to reduce vehicle miles travelled as a carbon-emissions reduction plan, yet rarely considered are the possible economic effects of these policies. New evidence shows that those effects are likely to damage both the environment and the economy. (more…)

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When Good Companies Go Alarmist

Todd WynnQuickPoint!

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Several corporations recently cancelled their membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over differing views on cap-and-trade legislation. The Chamber of Commerce wants to pursue a rational debate over the direction the nation should take on climate change legislation. Corporations like Nike, Apple and Exelon subsequently left the Chamber of Commerce for a number of reasons. “Saving the planet” is probably not one of them. (more…)

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Killing Jobs with Tax Increases

Steve BucksteinCascade Commentary

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Summary: The looming campaign to approve or reject two new legislative tax increases will be spirited and probably heated. What voters believe these new taxes will do to jobs very well could be the deciding factor in the January 26, 2010 special election, where both measures will be decided. (more…)

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Debunking Tax Increase Claims

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

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The campaign over two legislative tax increases is heating up. Tax proponents are latching onto a recent Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) report which they claim argues that raising personal and business income taxes now will actually be good for Oregon’s economy. (more…)

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