Month: January 2009

Win $10,000 for your Children’s K-12 Education!

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

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Do your children attend a private school or a charter school? Do you home school them? Would you like to make such a choice if you could afford it?

Our recent poll found that 87 percent of Oregonians would like more school choices for their children. If you’re one of them, now you can tell everyone (more…)

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Regarding Management of the Elliott State Forest

John A. Charles, Jr.

Testimony of John A. Charles, Jr.
President & CEO

Regarding Management of the Elliott State Forest
January 26, 2009

The Oregon Constitution requires that Common School Trust Lands be managed for maximum revenue over the long term in order to support K-12 schools. In 1992 Oregon Attorney General Charles Crookham reviewed this mandate and wrote, “Non-economic factors maybe considered only if they do not adversely affect the potential financial contribution to the Common School Fund.” (more…)

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Conceptual Approaches to Road Finance Reform

John A. Charles, Jr.

 

Roads should be funded primarily by user fees. However, it is not necessary to collect pure user fees for every mile traveled in the state. Adequate funds could be raised if the most heavily traveled highways were self-financed through user fees, and the remainder of the road network continued to rely on fuel taxes and local revenue sources.

Proposal

I. Convert all or part of the State Highway System to a turnpike using standard electronic tolling technology (transponders and overhead gantries). The SHW system represents only 13% of all roads, but accounts for 60% of VMT. (more…)

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SB79: Requiring Energy Performance Certificates and Increased Building Efficiency Codes

Todd Wynn

January 22, 2009

Testimony before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Senate Bill 79, Requiring Energy Performance Certificates and Increased Building Efficiency Codes

Todd Wynn
Climate Change and Energy Policy Analyst, Cascade Policy Institute (more…)

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Oregon: No Country for Good Ideas

Sreya SarkarQuickPoint!

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In a 2007 national seminar, Cascade Policy Institute’s Wheels to Wealth program promoted the idea of allowing jitneys to replace low-ridership public buses. A form of mass transit, a jitney is a car or van which is not required to run on a fixed route and schedule. Cascade followed this proposal with a publication on jitneys, which was widely circulated within TriMet but then quickly rejected by the transit agency.

Now West CAP, a community action agency in Wisconsin, is taking up the jitney idea. (more…)

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Oregon and Washington, Disconnected

Jeff AlanQuickPoint!

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Once again, Oregon has been cut off from Washington, due to flooding in Centralia that closed I-5 by January 8. The loss of commerce for each day the highway remains closed is estimated to be in excess of $4 million. In the December 2007 flood, property damage alone in that area exceeded $1 billion. (more…)

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Extending Unemployment Benefits or Extending Unemployment?

Sreya Sarkar Cascade Commentary

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The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R. 6867) expands unemployment benefits to up to 59 weeks in Oregon. Unfortunately, paying workers not to work longer helps neither the economy nor workers, who (more…)

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The Convention Center Hotel: A Perfect Storm of Bad Planning

Jeff Alan Cascade Commentary

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Metro wants to spend over 200 million dollars building a Convention Center hotel in Portland, a project that cannot possibly be financially sound over the lifetime of the hotel. Metro and the City of Portland should reject this proposal. (more…)

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Why Singapore Retires Securely

Sreya Sarkar Cascade Commentary

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Summary

Singapore’s Central Provident Fund is based on individual savings and building assets, unlike the American Social Security system. Singapore’s national philosophy, “nothing should be free,” has encouraged free-market strategies and individual responsibility, a good model for American social policy. (more…)

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Nearly Nine out of Ten Oregonians Would Opt out of Regular Public Schools

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Where do Oregonians send their children to school? Where would they send them if they had the choice?

Right now, 91 percent of Oregon families send their children to a regular public school – usually the one chosen for them based on where they live. But a new public opinion survey reveals that nearly nine out of ten Oregonians would opt out of regular public schools altogether if they could. What schools would they choose? (more…)

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