13 Jun

How the PERS Pac-Man Eats Te...

By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok What do Pac-Man and public pensions have in common? An intriguing 2016 national study of pension debt and teacher salaries recently answered this question. Depending on what economic assumptions are...

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06 Jun

Right to Try Goes National...

By Steve Buckstein Last week President Trump signed a national Right to Try law, allowing terminally ill patients the right to try drugs that have gone through part of the FDA testing process but are not yet approved. In 2015 Cascade...

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30 May

Children’s Scholarship Fund ...

By Kathryn Hickok This spring, the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Oregon program sponsored by Cascade Policy Institute is celebrating twenty years of giving low-income parents more choices in education through partial-tuition grade school ...

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23 May

New Transportation Tax Is on...

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon employers began receiving notices this week regarding the new statewide transit tax that goes into effect on July 1. The law requires all employers to withhold, report, and remit one-tenth of one percent o...

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16 May

Underestimating Public Schoo...

By Steve Buckstein A 2017 national poll on education issues found, among other things, that most Americans underestimate how much money is being spent to educate kids in their local public schools. College-educated whites, for example, ...

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14 May

School Choice Leads to Stude...

By Kathryn Hickok Parents know a solid education prepares their children for life, and that path begins in grade school. But many Oregon families are trapped in public schools that don’t meet their kids’ educational needs. While familie...

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09 May

Charters Schools Are a Labor...

By Kathryn Hickok This is National Charter Schools Week. Did you know almost half of Washington, D.C.’s public school children attend tuition-free charter schools? In fact, our nation’s capital now has 120 charters, run by 66 nonprofit ...

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