Month: March 2008

Strike Two for Portland’s Voter Owned Elections

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

The Portland City Council, in its collective wisdom, imposed a system of public campaign financing in 2005. The goal was to reduce the impact of large special interest dollars on campaigns for city offices. So how’s that working out?

First, in 2006, Emily Boyles received $145,000 in (more…)

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Parking Space Tax Fails the Transparency Test

Steve BucksteinCascade Commentary

Summary

The governor’s Task Force on Comprehensive Revenue Restructuring recently discussed imposing a tax on commercial parking spaces to raise revenue for Oregon’s highway transportation system. The argument was made that businesses, not consumers, would pay; but ultimately this is yet another hidden tax that likely will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices. If we want to tax shoppers, then we should tax them openly and not make business our hidden tax collector. (more…)

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Whose Interests Does the Board of Education Serve?

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

Recently, the Oregon Board of Education took up the issue of whether and how to regulate online or “virtual” charter schools. A state law, passed in 2005 at the request of the teachers union, places severe restrictions on virtual charter schools that would essentially prevent them from operating without a waiver from the Board. The law gives the Board the power to set the conditions under which any online charter school can operate.

After much deliberation, the Board decided last week to (more…)

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Union to Oregon Foster Parents: You’re Next!

Paul GuppyCascade Commentary

Summary

As if helping kids weren’t hard enough, Oregon foster parents may one day be forced to join the powerful public-sector unions. Oregon’s legislature passed a bill to unionize home health care workers last year, and a bill in Washington State already has been introduced to treat foster parents like state employees. (more…)

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Man and Machine Can Be Friends

Sreya SarkarQuickPoint!

In the early 1980s federal investment in research and development of agricultural machines was suspended because of a political campaign by the prominent United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez to protect farm workers’ jobs and the technological challenges of that time.

Today the situation has changed. Now American farms are seriously disturbed about (more…)

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The Katrina Miracle

Matt WingardCascade Commentary

Summary

A Portland delegation saw what real education reform looks like on a recent visit to the Big Easy. (more…)

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My Dinner with William F. Buckley, Jr.

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

William F. Buckley, Jr. died last week at his home in Connecticut. He was 82.

Known as a founder of the modern conservative movement, Buckley had a great impact on many people over the years, both through his books, articles, National Review magazine and Firing Line television show that ran for 33 years, the longest-running public affairs show in TV history with a single host. (more…)

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