The Last Communist City: Havana or Portland?

By Steve Buckstein It’s clearly a stretch to describe Portland as a communist city, but there is an eerie similarity between Portland and the real communist city of Havana. Portland-based independent journalist Michael J. Totten recently traveled to Cuba to see for … Continue reading

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Surveying Government Planners Won’t Help

The State of Oregon is sending a survey to economic and community development “practitioners,” including city managers, county executives, elected officials, and local business owners. It asks what economic development projects the state should take on. A state spokesman says, … Continue reading

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Don’t End Tax Increase Warnings

In the late 1990s Oregon voters approved measures that require envelopes containing certain property tax measures to be boldly stamped in red with this warning: CONTAINS VOTE ON PROPOSED TAX INCREASE. Now, public employee unions are asking the legislature to … Continue reading

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Freedom and Opportunity Are the Future of Education

This week is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children. Planned by a diverse and nonpartisan coalition of individuals and organizations, National School Choice Week features special … Continue reading

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How to End Poverty

President Johnson declared a “war on poverty” back in 1964 when the poverty rate was 19 percent. In the 48 years since, we’ve spent over 12 trillion tax dollars fighting poverty. The rate dipped below 11 percent in 1973, but … Continue reading

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End Forced Unionism Now

The failed June 5th recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was supposedly over collective bargaining reform, but syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer points out that the real battle was over ending automatic collection of union dues by government: “Without the … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Budget Transformation: “Doing efficiently that which should not be done at all”

Governor John Kitzhaber has called for transforming state government, in part by proposing a new ten-year budget process that he says “is necessary to change a decade of declining employment and wages.” The Governor hired former Metro Chief Operating Officer … Continue reading

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