The Folk Theory of Labor Markets

A common mistake I see some conservatives make when embracing excessive government regulation of immigration is the belief that lowering the number of immigrants will increase native born workers’ wages. This comes from a failure to fully understand basic economics. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Regulation | Tagged | 15 Comments

The Republicans Cannot Repeal Obamacare

Republicans announced that the United States Senate will vote this week on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.  I doubt it, but it they do it will fail.  The Senate may then vote on just the repeal of Obamacare.  Again … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:35 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform | 2 Comments

The Economy:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Congress, Economy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Leadership, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

Oregon Must End “Economic Apartheid”

By Randal O’Toole The housing affordability crisis is turning Portland, already one of the whitest cities in America, into one that is even whiter. Census data indicate that, between 2010 and 2014, the number of whites living in the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, State Government | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Claim Is “Greenwashing”

By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Transparency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

Abolish Growth Boundaries to Ensure Fair Housing

By Randal O’Toole A recent Supreme Court decision found that government policies that make housing expensive may violate fair housing laws. This decision could have a profound impact on Portland’s housing market. Portland’s rapidly growing housing prices are a major … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, State Government | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“The Rent Is Too Damn High!” — Why Rent Control Won’t Help

By Steve Buckstein Once again, Portland led the nation this July with its home prices rising 12.4 percent year-over-year versus the national average of just 5.0 percent. As of April, Portland remained the 12th most expensive rental market in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Join Justice Clint Bolick to Celebrate Cascade Policy Institute’s 25th Anniversary Oct. 20!

Please join Cascade Policy Institute’s staff and board, and many freedom-loving Oregonians, as we celebrate 25 years promoting individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity in Oregon. Our Keynote Speaker will be the newest Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:51 | Posted in Education, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged | Comments Off on Join Justice Clint Bolick to Celebrate Cascade Policy Institute’s 25th Anniversary Oct. 20!

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

Posted by at 05:36 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government | Leave a comment

Voters Decided to Leave Themselves Stranded by the Side of the Road

By Steve Buckstein In the month since voters in Austin, Texas upheld new city regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, the law of unintended consequences has been confirmed. Austin’s highly regulated taxi industry got the city to impose strict regulations … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Transportation | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Oregon’s anti-business administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon Legislative Assembly maintained a modicum of equality in political power during the years between the 2010 and the 2014 general elections. During all four of those years, our bipartisan Senate coalition maintained a 15-member … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:31 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, IP28, Oregon Government, State Government | 19 Comments

Help the Working Poor Adam Smith’s Way

By Steve Buckstein This year’s May Day activities in Portland centered on promoting “workers’ rights” and “resistance to capitalism.” Unfortunately, too few critics of capitalism seem to realize that many of the workers they seek to help are being kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged | 23 Comments

Counties will sue BLM over new management plan

Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Tuesday, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 16 Comments

Problems in many state agencies likely to continue under Gov. Kate Brown’s tumultuous administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Prior to the start of every Legislative Assembly, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) releases its State Agency Legislative Contact Directory. This document is very useful for lawmakers, not least because it provides information on how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:10 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Oregon Government, State Government | 4 Comments

Storage projects can solve man-made droughts

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It would appear that both the 2015 drought and the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) have come to an end. Wet winter storms are once again dominating Oregon weather patterns. Many Oregon streams and rivers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation | 4 Comments

Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

New laws effective Jan 2016: ‘Lumps of coal’ for Oregon’s economy

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – With the end of a tumultuous year in Oregon government drawing to a close, Senate Republicans highlighted a number of new laws that will harm working families and small businesses in the New Year. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:26 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

State agency rulemakers ignore their own rules

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In past newsletters, I have warned how the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) threatens to increase costs of energy for poor and working Oregonians, under the guise of protecting the environment. The LCFS was originally … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Government, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Oregon out of the Liquor Business

By Steve Buckstein There are still eighteen so-called “control states” in America that exert substantial control over the sale of liquor. Oregon is one of them, virtually monopolizing its warehousing, distribution, and sale through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government | Tagged , | 9 Comments

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