Day: March 22, 2010

Excessive Cost of the Milwaukie Light Rail Line

John A. Charles, Jr.
Cascade Commentary

By John Charles

Testimony before the Metro Council Regarding the Milwaukie Light Rail Line Resolution No. 10-4133

Metro proposes to allocate $144.8 million of flexible funding to one corridor in SE Portland  to move a handful of people who could be served just as well by Bus Rapid Transit at less than .2% of the capital cost, and the staff concludes that there is no opposition “known at this time.” Only in the Orwellian world of regional transportation decision-making could two public votes AGAINST the South/North LRT project be re-defined out of existence 12 years later.

The analytical argument against this project is actually much stronger now than it was in 1998 when it was voted down. We know more about alternatives, and about the true costs of rail. Continued rail expansion inevitably cannibalizes service elsewhere, as shown by the fact that TriMet has had a 38% increase in funding over the past five years while service has dropped by 10%.

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Founder’s Statement

Steve Buckstein
Founder’s Statement
by Steve Buckstein

The US Congress has now passed a sweeping health care “reform” bill that, even when “fixed” in the Senate, will represent much more a violation of individual liberty than an improvement in American health care.

When we founded Cascade Policy Institute in 1991 our mission was, and still is, to promote public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity. This bill threatens to set us back in all three areas:

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Health Care "Reform" a turning point

Steve Buckstein
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Health Care “Reform” a turning point
by Steve Buckstein

America’s founders had a clear vision of government’s role in the “land of the free.” Controlling large segments of the economy was not it. As the federal government moves to control virtually all health care in America, it’s up to freedom loving Americans to take a stand.

The resistance to this usurpation of power began last year with the emergence of the Tea Party movement. Millions of before now relatively uninvolved citizens got concerned about runaway government spending and deficits, and concerned about government taking over segments of our economy that it had no business doing.

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