What I learned at PSU

When I first started writing for the Oregon Catalyst in 2011, I managed a hedge fund that had weathered the storm of 2008 well; indeed we profited from it since my fund was actually hedged. But things were not looking … Continue reading

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Parental Choice Champion Betsy DeVos Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education

By Steve Buckstein Opponents of Betsy DeVos tried everything they could to keep her from becoming U.S. Secretary of Education. In the end, she was approved by the Senate on Tuesday with Vice President Pence breaking a 50-50 tie vote. … Continue reading

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“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

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Educational Choice: A “Ticket to the Future” for Every Child

By Kathryn Hickok Derrell Bradford has spent his adult life passionately advocating for education reform through parental choice. Derrell grew up in southwest Baltimore and received a scholarship to a private high school. Better than anyone, he knows the power … Continue reading

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The Oregon Education Solution Whose Time Has Come

By Kathryn Hickok This is National School Choice Week, the world’s largest celebration of parental choice and effective educational options for all children. Students have different talents and needs and learn in different ways. The landscape of options to meet … Continue reading

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Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr. For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and … Continue reading

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Gov. Kate Brown refuses to address PERS crisis

Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown threw ice-cold water on the idea of addressing Oregon’s critical pension crisis at the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, which has met since 2002 to facilitate honest and collaborative conversations. Senate Minority Leader … Continue reading

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How Much Is the Elliott State Forest Worth to Oregon Schools? (Don’t Forget the Value of Compounding)

By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, … Continue reading

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Measure 97 and the Mirage of School Funding

By John A. Charles, Jr. Proponents of Measure 97 have consistently claimed that if the measure passes, it will generate an additional $3 billion annually for public education and other social services. Judging from the comments I’ve read in various … Continue reading

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Join Justice Clint Bolick to Celebrate Cascade Policy Institute’s 25th Anniversary Oct. 20!

Please join Cascade Policy Institute’s staff and board, and many freedom-loving Oregonians, as we celebrate 25 years promoting individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity in Oregon. Our Keynote Speaker will be the newest Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, … Continue reading

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What’s ailing Oregon education?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our state government’s spending addiction and our failing public school system are Oregon’s two most serious and pervasive problems. According to the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, this is the number one tax-and-spend state in the West. … Continue reading

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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

Take Time to Meet Dr. William “Bud” Pierce

I like smart people. I like to talk to them, listen to them, probe and challenge them. I like to find out if they are book smart or real smart – the former referring to education, and the latter referring … Continue reading

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Calling All Sex Offenders: Oregon Awaits

Are you a sexual deviant? Are you a serial rapist? A child molester? A sexual predator? Well welcome to Oregon, the government has got your back. Have you repeatedly raped a thirteen year old child over a three year period? … Continue reading

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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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Oregon Land Board Low-Balls Elliott Timber with Fixed-Price “Bidding”

By John A. Charles, Jr. On July 27 the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the “fair market value” of 82,450 acres of Common School Trust Lands within the Elliott State Forest as $220.8 million. The number was picked by Roger … 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

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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

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Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

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Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading

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