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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Meet the man who helped persuade President Trump to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord in Portland THIS Friday

President Trump’s Environmental Agenda: An Insider’s Perspective with Myron Ebell Last week, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the controversial Paris climate agreement. In response, Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles, Jr. commented in a statement: “The central … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Transit Money

By John A. Charles, Jr. Late last month, the TriMet Board adopted a budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins on July 1. As usual, the budget shows no correlation between the levels of subsidies given to TriMet and the amount … Continue reading

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Who says Oregon spends $13,230 per public school student? The National Education Association, that’s who!

By Steve Buckstein Ever since Oregon’s property tax limitation Measure 5 shifted the bulk of education funding from local sources to the state general fund in 1990, public education advocates have claimed that our schools are severely underfunded, spending less … Continue reading

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Kicker Envy 2017

By Steve Buckstein Individual Oregon income taxpayers may receive kicker refunds when they file their 2017 tax returns based on a percentage of the state income tax they paid in 2016. Based on the May revenue forecast, $408 million could … Continue reading

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Overtaxed and Underbuilt

By John A. Charles, Jr. An Oregon Legislative committee is proposing a massive series of tax increases to pay for various transportation projects. The proposal calls for higher taxes on vehicle registration, increased gas taxes, a new sales tax on … Continue reading

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