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 , , , | 8 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 | 26 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

What Does Metro Have Against Single-Family Homes?

By John A. Charles, Jr. For more than a decade, the regional government, Metro, has been quietly herding people into high-density neighborhoods. For those unaware of this policy, the recently announced plans for 80 acres of development near the light … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland | Tagged , , , , | 454 Comments

Portland: politically correct trumps job creation

Do you ever read Steve Duin in the Oregonian? I do, regularly. I doubt that there are a handful of political things upon which Mr. Duin and I might agree, but he is an articulate spokesman for the left. Even … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Environment, Jobs, Land Use Laws, Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Politics | 2 Comments

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