Economic recovery claims contradicted by reality

by Sen. Doug Whitsett One of the more contentious issues during the first presidential debate was how the candidates portrayed the state of the U.S. economy. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton depicted a nation undergoing solid economic growth, on the cusp … Continue reading

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“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

Will the PUC Make Oregon’s Solar Energy Incentives Equitable?

By Lydia White In accordance with House Bill 2941, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is making recommendations to the Oregon State Legislature to ensure Oregon’s solar energy incentives are equitable, efficient, and effective. One recommendation is to modify the compensation … Continue reading

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Unemployment and the Federal Reserve Board

The Federal Reserve will meet Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. There is endless speculation about whether the Board will raise interest rates or delay a decision until its December meeting. Much of the speculation in the media this past … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Bush/Obama Recession, Donald Trump, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Reserve, Hillary Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

Oregon lags nation in business start-ups

by NW Spotlight Businesses start-ups at an all-time low (in Oregon and nationally) Yesterday’s Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast from the State of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, Office of Economic Analysis, contains a chart showing that Oregon lags the … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs | 2 Comments

Measure 97 jeopardizes Bend’s progress

by Rep. Knute Buehler and Dino Vendetti Bend and Central Oregon are growing. With easy access to all forms of outdoor recreation, good local schools, expanding higher-education opportunities at the OSU-Cascades campus and direct-flight connections to key cities, Bend and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in Economy, Education, Jobs, Measure 97, State Taxes | 18 Comments

Oregon lags nation in income, has higher poverty

by NW Spotlight Back in May the U.S. Census Bureau released some relevant statistics of the voting-age population in advance of the Oregon primary. The release, titled Demographic and Economic Profiles of Oregon’s Electorate, included a graphic comparing Oregon to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy | 2 Comments

Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

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

Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

By Steve Buckstein National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

August 8, 2016  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, IP28, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 31 Comments

Oregon Teens Discover Their “Lightbulb Moment” at Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

By Kathryn Hickok Your average high school students may not be able to explain a fictional company’s dividends to a lecture hall full of adults from the business world. But after five days at Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, they could. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the “Christopher Columbus” of School Choice, Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein School choice has entered a new world. Because Americans are increasingly vocal about providing parents with the ability to choose their children’s schools, states are adopting broad-based school choice initiatives. Those successes can be attributed to various … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Ten Years After Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. This Sunday would have marked his 104th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Economy, Education | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Like a Sales Tax on Steroids

By Steve Buckstein Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, IP28, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , | 9 Comments

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

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 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

Get Ready for High-Cost Electricity

By John A. Charles, Jr. During Oregon’s month-long legislative session earlier this year, the big environmental “win” was Senate Bill 1547, a bill that was hatched in secret by two large utilities and a group of environmental activists. The bill promises to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , | 53 Comments

A Sales Tax by Any Other Name

By Steve Buckstein Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 appear to have turned in more than enough signatures to place their 2.5 percent corporate gross receipts tax on Oregon’s November ballot. While the unions portray their measure as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

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