Nice turnout at Portland’s first AFF event.

As if it weren’t already obvious Lydia White has been a great new hire at the Cascade Policy Institute, she has managed to organize a Portland chapter of the America’s Future Foundation in her spare time too. I made it … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crony capitalism, Portland | Tagged | 2 Comments

Portland:  Groupthink and Violence

Portland – not Oregon, just Portland – is one of the most liberal cities in America. Portland (Multnomah County) has about 515,000 registered voters – nearly 54% are Democrats and less than 13% are Republicans.  Many of the remaining 33% … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Liberalism, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics | 8 Comments

HB 2004: Moderation is Winning

There is something worse than growing housing rents: a permanent housing shortage. That’s what rent control gives a city. Rental prices go up as demand growth begins to outpace supply growth, but markets adjust when those higher prices signal profits … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Housing, Portland | Tagged | 4 Comments

Transportation Bait and Switch

Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon House, Portland, Transportation, Westside Bypass | 2 Comments

Making Youth Unemployment Worse

–The unintended negative effects of raising minimum wage rates By Randall Pozdena and Steve Buckstein President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland, Right-to-Work, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Oregon Must End “Economic Apartheid”

By Randal O’Toole The housing affordability crisis is turning Portland, already one of the whitest cities in America, into one that is even whiter. Census data indicate that, between 2010 and 2014, the number of whites living in the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, State Government | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Portland’s Zoning Policies Make the Housing Crisis Worse

By Lydia White The masterminds behind Portland’s newest inclusionary zoning recommendations have proven once again to be economically illiterate. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommended requiring developers with 20 units or more to make 20% of units “affordable” … Continue reading

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Uber Translated: Better Service for the Underserved

By Lydia White It’s not news that free-market visionaries provide better service than their corrupt competitors, but big government advocates are reluctant to admit it, even when such enterprise benefits their causes. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft provide cheaper, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Claim Is “Greenwashing”

By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Transparency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Something’s Rotten in Metro’s Missing Garbage Tax Money

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman Metro is asking for a new tax levy this November (Measure 26-178 on your ballot) despite the fact that it already has sufficient funds to operate all its parks. In 2002, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Environment, Government reform, Government Spending, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Abolish Growth Boundaries to Ensure Fair Housing

By Randal O’Toole A recent Supreme Court decision found that government policies that make housing expensive may violate fair housing laws. This decision could have a profound impact on Portland’s housing market. Portland’s rapidly growing housing prices are a major … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, State Government | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Metro’s $32 Million Broken Promise

— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

“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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MAX at 30: Portland Transit Needs a New Plan

By John A. Charles, Jr. September 5 marked the official 30th anniversary of the opening of TriMet’s light rail system. Like many Portland residents, I took a free ride that day and felt that this was a big step forward … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Repeating Mistakes Is Not a Housing Strategy

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has approved a plan for the Housing Bureau to lease industrial land in North Portland for $10,000 per month, beginning October 7. The site is to be used for the construction … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged | 12 Comments

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

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Full Employment Act of 2016: Dealing with Cheats

I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Abuse, Liberalism, Portland, Progressivism, Satire | 5 Comments

Portland’s Springwater Trail has become dangerous

by Jeff Anderson A couple of years ago, this would have made me angry. Not anymore. For years I would ride my bike on the Springwater Trail. This was a great trail to ride, walk or jog.

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Portland | 12 Comments

TriMet’s Edifice Complex

By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses. Over in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

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