02 May

Throwing Money at Homelessne...

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hopes to spend $31 million next year addressing homelessness. This is ten percent more than Portland is spending this year. According to the Mayor, the goal is to help place people in p...

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18 Apr

What’s Better for Low-Skille...

By Kathryn Hickok What’s better for welfare recipients and low-skilled workers: a higher minimum wage, or a larger Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at th...

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11 Apr

Amateur Hour at the State La...

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon owns 1.5 million acres of School Trust Lands that must be managed for the benefit of public education. When profits are earned, the money goes into the Common School Fund, an endowment. Last year, the Fund...

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04 Apr

End PERS—For a Day!...

By Steve Buckstein Most Oregonians know that our state’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is some $25 billion to $50 billion under water. Promises made to past and present government workers, primarily those hired before 1996, ...

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30 Mar

TriMet Shows Pension Reform ...

By Scott Shepard and John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon legislature recently adjourned its 2018 session and once again took no action to reduce the long-term financial obligations of the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. Convention...

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28 Mar

In 9 Years, WES Hasn’t Decre...

By John A. Charles, Jr. February marked the nine-year anniversary of the Westside Express Service (WES), the commuter rail line that runs from Wilsonville to Beaverton. Sadly, there was little to celebrate. A central problem is that ...

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26 Mar

WES at 9: Time to Admit the ...

By John A. Charles, Jr. February marked the nine-year anniversary of the Westside Express Service (WES), the 14.7-mile commuter rail line that runs from Wilsonville to Beaverton. Sadly, there was little to celebrate. In the first few...

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