You Can Stop New Health Care Taxes

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon Health Authority has finally removed nearly 55,000 people from its Medicaid program because an audit found they no longer qualified or failed to complete an eligibility check. At $430 a month per person, this can … Continue reading

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Governor Brown Wants Oregonians to “Take One for the Global Team” over CO2

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced her intention to pass legislation in the short session of 2018 to place a regulatory limit on emissions of carbon dioxide by large industrial sources. Once a company exceeds … Continue reading

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Oregon’s New Health Care Taxes Are Unjustifiable

By Lydia White Soon after the Oregon Legislature passed a bill last summer which was expected to generate $550 million of tax revenue to help pay for Medicaid, the state found that nearly 45% of all Medicaid recipients are currently ineligible … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Forcing Union Membership

By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok Everyone knows today is Labor Day, but did you know that August 20-26 was National Employee Freedom Week? National Employee Freedom Week is a national effort to inform union members about their freedom to opt … Continue reading

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Oregon Takes a Big Step to Battle Opioid Overdoses

By Steve Buckstein For a variety of reasons, many Americans are becoming addicted to both legal and illegal opioid drugs, risking overdose and death. Oregon just made it easier for friends and family members of those at risk to save … Continue reading

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Kicker Envy, Reprise

By Steve Buckstein In May we told you about the income tax refund Oregon taxpayers may receive when you file your state income tax return in 2018. State economists now confirm that those refunds will be credited against your tax … Continue reading

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The Right to Choose or Reject Union Representation Respects Workers

By Kathryn Hickok Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to … Continue reading

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Portland’s latest attempt to centrally plan transportation patterns is backfiring

By Jessica Miller Portland has a longstanding history of attempting to socially engineer people’s transportation patterns, and the “Better Naito” project is no different. In 2015, a group of students from Portland State University created the idea of “Better Naito” … Continue reading

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Cascade Policy Institute Endorses Referendum 301 to Stop New Health Care Taxes on Oregonians

The Cascade Policy Institute Board of Directors has voted to support State Referendum 301 which seeks to refer certain taxes approved in House Bill 2391 to the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot (unless the date is changed to January … Continue reading

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Eleven years after Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. Today would have marked his 105th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex economic … Continue reading

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A Taste of Crony Capitalism in the Craft Beer Industry

Join Lydia White: When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland Cost: Free! Do you love freedom? Do you want to spread liberty in your community? Join the brand-new America’s … Continue reading

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Let Parents Wield School Spending Power

By Kathryn Hickok Are we missing the trees for the forest in Oregon school funding and education reform debates? Media reports, school districts, and political leaders usually focus on the big picture: reaching a 100% high school graduation rate so … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Symbolism

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last week Governor Kate Brown gave a speech to Portland activists promising to secure carbon-pricing legislation in next year’s one-month legislative session. A few days later, she met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and urged … Continue reading

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Oregon’s new minimum wage law will hurt the people it aims to help

By Lydia White Just prior to Oregon’s July 1 minimum wage* increase from $9.75 to $11.25 (Portland Metro Area), a team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that … Continue reading

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Stop Health Care Taxes dot com

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon legislature just passed, and the Governor signed, a bill designed to generate some $550 million in new taxes on health care, hospitals, and health insurance premiums. Ostensibly, this money is needed to help balance the … Continue reading

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Are Smartphones in Class a Problem or an Opportunity?

By Steve Buckstein To hear some teachers talk, you would think before smartphones became ubiquitous in their classrooms that every student sat politely and paid attention every minute of the day. Of course, anyone who was ever a student knows … Continue reading

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Critiquing Minimum Wage Laws Is About Protecting the Working Man (or Woman)

By Lydia White A team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that measures the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage requirement of $13 per hour. The study* found that … Continue reading

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Trump’s apprenticeship message to young adults: “There is dignity in every honest job”

By Kathryn Hickok President Donald Trump stressed the dignity of work in a speech June 16 promoting his Apprenticeship Initiative for young workers. “Today, this is the message I want every young American to hear: there is dignity in every honest … Continue reading

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Who says Oregon pays public school teachers more than other states? The National Education Association, that’s who!

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon legislators wrestle with how much money to spend on public education, advocates claim that we spend too little compared to other states. They demand that legislators spend more, and raise taxes to do it. But, … Continue reading

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The Paris Agreement Was Symbolism over Substance, Leaving Was the Right Call

By John A. Charles, Jr. President Trump made the right call June 1 when he terminated participation by the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. The central problem with the Paris agreement was that the alleged benefits were speculative, long-term, and … Continue reading

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