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 Zoning Policies Make the Housing Crisis Worse

By Lydia White The masterminds behind Portland’s newest inclusionary zoning recommendations have proven once again to be economically illiterate. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommended requiring developers with 20 units or more to make 20% of units “affordable” … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Housing, Land Use Laws, Portland, Portland Politics | 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 Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Sen. Ted Ferrioli on calls for affordable housing ‘state of emergency’

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Ferrioli addressed the topic of affordable housing in a statement following the request by the Eugene City Council to Governor Brown for assistance alleviating homelessness. “When families fall on hard times and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws | 11 Comments

Portland Worries About Homelessness, While Metro Makes Housing Less Affordable

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has decided to allocate $20 million to solve a perceived crisis with “homelessness” and another $67 million to subsidize “affordable housing.” As usual with Portland spending, these numbers were pulled out … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Expatriates on the Rise

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created a political uproar when he declared that: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Abuse, Illegal Immigration, Land Use Laws, President Obama, State Taxes, Taxes | 15 Comments

The Decline of the Port of Portland

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article about the trials and travails of small ports in an age of increasingly larger supersized cargo ships. The article highlighted Portland and the fact that it is a “river port” more than a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government Abuse, Jobs, Land Use Laws, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 9 Comments

Oregon’s self-created problem: Lack of affordable housing

by Sen. Doug Whitsett “the proposed solution is to spend a great deal of other peoples’ money, on yet another government program, to try and solve the problem without addressing its cause” The Legislative process often involves bringing various stakeholders … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Housing, Land Use Laws, OR 78th Legislative Session | 29 Comments

The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

Last week, Cascade Policy Institute released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout the Portland metropolitan region. In 1995, the average lot size for a new home in Washington County was 15,000 square feet. Today, new residential housing projects … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Land Use Laws, Metro, Oregon Government | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Time for a “New Business Model” for the Elliott State Forest

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s political leaders have the chance to do what they frequently ask of the state legislature: provide more money to Oregon’s schools. So why aren’t they doing it? The Elliott State Forest on Oregon’s South Coast … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Land Use Laws, State Budget | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Bundy vs. The Bureau of Land Management: An Overbearing Government?

  The gap between what is right and what is legal is often a chasm of cultures. – Anonymous Recent events involving Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are a case in point.  … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Land Use Laws, Leadership, President Obama | 33 Comments

Local government changes community character when we allow it

by Dave Berg “Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in” – Will Rogers Twenty three years ago we moved to our community because it represented many of our core values. It … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Lake Oswego, Land Use Laws | 16 Comments

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