Category: Economic Opportunity

Conservation Is Not Always the Best Option

September 25, 2014 0

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) to allow the Trust to spend ratepayer dollars on certain energy efficiency measures that don’t pencil out. The Oregonian has correctly noted that if the estimated benefits of such projects are less than costs, we should stop spending ratepayer dollars on the subsidies.

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Will Parent Rebellion Spell Doom for Common Core?

August 25, 2014 0

If one asked most people a couple years ago about the Common Core national education standards, the response would have been a blank stare. Now, Common Core is a front-burner political issue because parents are discovering that their children are struggling under the new standards.

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Leave Lodging Alone

July 17, 2014 0

On July 2, the Portland City Council held a hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code concerning short-term rentals. The council chambers were packed with citizens who support legalizing renting one or two bedrooms from a primary residence.

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The Portland Seed Fund: Boom or Bust?

July 2, 2014 0

The Portland Seed Fund started as a public-private venture intended to close a funding gap for small loans to entrepreneurs. The City of Portland, the City of Hillsboro, and the State of Oregon provided a majority of the funds for the first Seed Fund and a significant portion of the second Seed Fund. It was sold as a way for public entities to help private companies begin, with the expectation that the Fund would earn money.

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Private Lenders Could “Pay-It-Forward” in Oregon

June 26, 2014 0

The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission is proposing a pilot program called “Pay-It-Forward.” Oregon residents could attend an in-state public university or community college tuition-free in exchange for paying a portion of their income annually for 20 years after graduation.

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“Pay-It-Forward” Is a Step Back

June 18, 2014 0

The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission is considering a proposal called “Pay-It-Forward.” This pilot program would give free tuition at a state university to one thousand high school graduates each year, beginning in 2016….

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Lazy Fair 2013

July 15, 2013 0

For Lovers of Limited Government Lazy Fair 2013 ! ¤ Refreshments ¤ B.B.Q. ¤ Camaraderie ¤ Barton  Park 19009…

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