“Shuffling” Is for Playing Cards, Not School Kids

By Kathryn Hickok Portland Public Schools is redrawing the boundaries of more than a dozen schools and reassigning 5,000 students, ten percent of its enrollment. According to The Oregonian: “To make sure no school ends up understaffed or overcrowded, students … Continue reading

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Whose Money Is Your Oregon Kicker Refund?

By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on … Continue reading

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Too Late to Fix PERS by Fooling Oregonians

By Scott Shepard Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps she can be … Continue reading

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Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds

By Lydia White Last week the Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means of the … Continue reading

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Health Care Tax Would Hurt Middle Class

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Many Oregonians are now spending as much on health insurance and health care as they are on their mortgage payments. The Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2391 (signed by Governor Kate Brown) that will spike … Continue reading

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You Can Stop New Health Care Taxes

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon Health Authority has finally removed nearly 55,000 people from its Medicaid program because an audit found they no longer qualified or failed to complete an eligibility check. At $430 a month per person, this can … Continue reading

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Governor Brown Wants Oregonians to “Take One for the Global Team” over CO2

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced her intention to pass legislation in the short session of 2018 to place a regulatory limit on emissions of carbon dioxide by large industrial sources. Once a company exceeds … Continue reading

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Oregon’s New Health Care Taxes Are Unjustifiable

By Lydia White Soon after the Oregon Legislature passed a bill last summer which was expected to generate $550 million of tax revenue to help pay for Medicaid, the state found that nearly 45% of all Medicaid recipients are currently ineligible … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Forcing Union Membership

By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok Everyone knows today is Labor Day, but did you know that August 20-26 was National Employee Freedom Week? National Employee Freedom Week is a national effort to inform union members about their freedom to opt … Continue reading

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Oregon Takes a Big Step to Battle Opioid Overdoses

By Steve Buckstein For a variety of reasons, many Americans are becoming addicted to both legal and illegal opioid drugs, risking overdose and death. Oregon just made it easier for friends and family members of those at risk to save … Continue reading

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Kicker Envy, Reprise

By Steve Buckstein In May we told you about the income tax refund Oregon taxpayers may receive when you file your state income tax return in 2018. State economists now confirm that those refunds will be credited against your tax … Continue reading

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The Right to Choose or Reject Union Representation Respects Workers

By Kathryn Hickok Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to … Continue reading

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Portland’s latest attempt to centrally plan transportation patterns is backfiring

By Jessica Miller Portland has a longstanding history of attempting to socially engineer people’s transportation patterns, and the “Better Naito” project is no different. In 2015, a group of students from Portland State University created the idea of “Better Naito” … Continue reading

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Cascade Policy Institute Endorses Referendum 301 to Stop New Health Care Taxes on Oregonians

The Cascade Policy Institute Board of Directors has voted to support State Referendum 301 which seeks to refer certain taxes approved in House Bill 2391 to the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot (unless the date is changed to January … Continue reading

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Eleven years after Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. Today would have marked his 105th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex economic … Continue reading

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A Taste of Crony Capitalism in the Craft Beer Industry

Join Lydia White: When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland Cost: Free! Do you love freedom? Do you want to spread liberty in your community? Join the brand-new America’s … Continue reading

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Let Parents Wield School Spending Power

By Kathryn Hickok Are we missing the trees for the forest in Oregon school funding and education reform debates? Media reports, school districts, and political leaders usually focus on the big picture: reaching a 100% high school graduation rate so … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Symbolism

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last week Governor Kate Brown gave a speech to Portland activists promising to secure carbon-pricing legislation in next year’s one-month legislative session. A few days later, she met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and urged … Continue reading

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Oregon’s new minimum wage law will hurt the people it aims to help

By Lydia White Just prior to Oregon’s July 1 minimum wage* increase from $9.75 to $11.25 (Portland Metro Area), a team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that … Continue reading

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Stop Health Care Taxes dot com

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon legislature just passed, and the Governor signed, a bill designed to generate some $550 million in new taxes on health care, hospitals, and health insurance premiums. Ostensibly, this money is needed to help balance the … Continue reading

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