Month: January 2005

Public School Monopoly Fails Latino Children

Cascade Commentary

Summary

Both nationwide and in Oregon, Latino students score far below their white classmates on standardized tests and are also much more likely to drop out before finishing school. Latino parents understand that education is one of the keys to achieving the American Dream, but our public school system is failing their children. School vouchers are an effective, empowering and democratic reform that will help Latino families achieve their dreams for their children’s futures. (more…)

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Give Workers the Choice to Save

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

If no changes are made to the Social Security system, it will be $11.9 trillion short of being able to pay retirees their benefits over the next 75 years.

This is because Social Security depends on the contributions of current workers to fund current retirees’ benefits. Sixteen workers supported each retiree in 1950, but only three do today. By 2030, there will be only two. This demographic trend guarantees that (more…)

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Credibility Must Be Earned

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Everyone agrees that the Oregon Legislature has a credibility problem. The Oregonian described public expectations of the 2005 session as “somewhere between low and subterranean.”

Sensing unrest, the Legislative Emergency Board has (more…)

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Job Seekers Need Wheels to Wealth

John A. Charles, Jr.Cascade Commentary

Summary

Many public policies are designed to “get people out of their cars,” but recent research has shown that owning a car greatly increases a poor person’s ability to find better-paying work. Over the next year, Cascade Policy Institute’s Wheels to Wealth project will study the travel patterns of low-income families in Portland and educate journalists and policymakers about the value of private car ownership. (more…)

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