Education Savings Accounts Can Help Students Without Hurting Public Schools

By Steve Buckstein School choice programs allow students to choose schools or other educational resources and pay for them with a portion of the tax funding that otherwise would go to the public school assigned to them by their ZIP … Continue reading

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Educational Choice: An Economic Development Catalyst for Urban Neighborhoods

By Kathryn Hickok A case study on urban renewal suggests that private and charter schools can act as positive drivers of economic development and neighborhood stability. The report, Renewing Our Cities, was produced by EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting … Continue reading

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How Portland’s Inclusionary Zoning Policy Makes Development Less Affordable

By Lydia White The City of Portland’s inclusionary zoning* requirements have turned a once-gushing housing development market into sludge. This was predicted by nearly everyone outside the central planning bureaucratic bubble. In a rush to beat a February 1st deadline, … Continue reading

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Selling Bonds to Buy the Elliott State Forest Would Be a Breach of Fiduciary Trust

By John A. Charles, Jr. State Treasurer Tobias Read has announced that he is now prepared to support a plan being developed by Gov. Kate Brown to sell bonds that would “buy out” the Elliott State Forest from the Common … Continue reading

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Let’s Build Some Highways

By John A. Charles, Jr.  Oregon stopped building new highways in 1983 when I-205 was completed. Top planning officials began espousing a philosophy of spending money on rail transit rather than roads. The government also used the power of zoning … Continue reading

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Now Is the Time: Oregon’s Educational Opportunity Act, The Power of Choice

By Steve Buckstein Oregon now has the chance to become an early adopter of a universal Education Savings Account program. An ESA program allows Kindergarten through 12th grade students to use part of the state funds allocated to their local … Continue reading

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The Road to Success Travels Through 3rd Grade Reading

By Kathryn Hickok Denisha Merriweather failed third grade twice. Today, she is finishing her master’s degree, thanks to Florida’s tax-credit-funded scholarship program. Denisha was President Trump’s guest at his Address to Congress Feb. 28, where he called educational choice “the … Continue reading

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Oregon Taxpayers, Not Riders, Pay Most Costs of Public Transit Operations

By John A. Charles, Jr. In a recent interview with the Portland Business Journal, Chris Rall of Transportation for America argues for increased state support of public transit service. He says that Oregon only covers three percent of the operating … Continue reading

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How Legislators Can Balance Oregon’s Budget—Without Raising Taxes

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Despite an eight percent increase in general fund revenues, Governor Kate Brown and some lawmakers say Oregon is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall in the 2017-19 biennium. Nevertheless, the Governor has released a budget that … Continue reading

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Car Ownership Is Not a Crime

By John A. Charles, Jr. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would impose a $1,000 ownership tax every five years on automobiles more than 20 years old. Fortunately, leaders of the Republican Party quickly denounced it; … Continue reading

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Oregon Leaders Must Reject ACA’s Medicaid Expansion

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Despite an eight percent increase in general fund revenues, Governor Kate Brown and some lawmakers say the State of Oregon is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall in the 2017-19 biennium. In her inaugural address, the governor blames … Continue reading

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Parental Choice Champion Betsy DeVos Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education

By Steve Buckstein Opponents of Betsy DeVos tried everything they could to keep her from becoming U.S. Secretary of Education. In the end, she was approved by the Senate on Tuesday with Vice President Pence breaking a 50-50 tie vote. … Continue reading

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Surprise! Renewable Energy Mandates Are Actually Fossil Fuel Mandates

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Lydia White The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are objecting to PGE’s plan for new, natural gas-powered generation to help replace the electrical output that will be lost when PGE shuts down the … Continue reading

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