Eliminating barriers to entrepreneurship: Reducing occupational licensing burdens

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The ability of American workers to learn a trade, or develop a set of skills they can sell either to employers or directly to consumers, is a central tenant of free market capitalism. However, occupational licensure … Continue reading

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Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

By Steve Buckstein National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to … Continue reading

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Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

August 8, 2016  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the … Continue reading

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Oregon Teens Discover Their “Lightbulb Moment” at Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

By Kathryn Hickok Your average high school students may not be able to explain a fictional company’s dividends to a lecture hall full of adults from the business world. But after five days at Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, they could. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the “Christopher Columbus” of School Choice, Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein School choice has entered a new world. Because Americans are increasingly vocal about providing parents with the ability to choose their children’s schools, states are adopting broad-based school choice initiatives. Those successes can be attributed to various … Continue reading

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Ten Years After Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. This Sunday would have marked his 104th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex … Continue reading

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Like a Sales Tax on Steroids

By Steve Buckstein Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University … Continue reading

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