Universities can flourish without Salem

The Oregon University System will sustain an additional $27.2 million in budget cuts, announced Governor Kitzhaber last week. The budget crunch sh...

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Columbia River dredging: It’s the pork, stupid!

The Oregonian has stirred up debate recently with its investigative report on the proposed deepening of the Columbia River navigation channel. Now...

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Creative solutions for school budgets

School districts in Oregon face budget cuts that present opportunities to empower teachers, control costs and direct greater resources to the clas...

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Urban renewal gets another black eye

The Portland Development Commission has put 70 urban renewal projects on hold due to the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision in Shilo Inn v. Mult...

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CAFE carnage: Death by fuel economy standards

Dozens of Oregonians are killed every year by fuel economy standards on new cars. The situation may soon get even worse. The federal government...

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Greater health insurance freedom would reduce OHP demand

Much noise was raised about protecting the Oregon Health Plan from budget cuts in the recent special legislative session. A more constructive ruck...

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Time to commercialize Oregon’s bridges

The Oregonian's four-part story about Oregon's slowly collapsing highway bridges points to a fundamental problem: we raise lots of revenue through...

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Education freedom linked to high test scores

The Manhattan Institute recently released its 2001 Education Freedom Index, which measures four types of educational freedom: the ability of paren...

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Term limits decision threatens initiative rights

Oregonians' ability to make meaningful changes to their Constitution was further eroded when the Oregon Supreme Court struck down voter-approved t...

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Oregon lives beyond our means

When Governor Kitzhaber argues that we should pursue revenue increases to balance the budget, let's not forget that Oregon is a very high spending...

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