Paving the rails with gold

Since the voter defeat of Measure 28, public officials in the Portland region have proposed numerous emergency tax plans to stave off service cuts s...

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New approach to education can reduce achievement gap

Oregon education officials recently revealed what many have long known - the public schools have not addressed the persistent achievement gap betw...

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The fatal conceit of selective tax breaks

Oregon legislators are eager to review existing tax breaks. The thinking is, some breaks may have outlived their usefulness. A state representa...

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Kitzhaber doubts power of government?

After holding various political offices for 22 years, former Governor John Kitzhaber recently said he sees an "apparent inability of our public in...

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Measure 28: No cure for Oregon’s ailing economy

Many proponents of Measure 28 advocate it as the key to bolstering Oregon's ailing economy. However, if higher taxes and more government spending ...

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For a better road system: electronic tolling

The Oregon Road User Fee Task Force recently became the object of scorn by media pundits. Why? Because the Task Force recommended that Oregon test...

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Following New Zealand’s lead

The New Year brings promise and opportunity for Oregon. Though we face challenges, we can look to New Zealand, a country of similar size and popul...

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A sales tax could cost Oregon jobs

Oregonians have nixed a sales tax nine times at the ballot box, yet at the December 9th Oregon Leadership Summit in Portland some business and pol...

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An emerging consensus on school spending

The intellectual debate about school spending in Oregon is coming to a close. The numbers and analysis in Cascade's Oregon K-12 Revenue and Expend...

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Metro "faithful" lose their religion

Portland's regional government, Metro, is held up as a national model for how to get local governments to work together on such issues as land use...

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