22 Oct

Flaws in education reform ex...

Discontent with Oregon's education reform is now coming from new areas. Recently the Tigard-Tualatin School Board voted to side with teachers and drop state-required work samples that schools use to assess student learning in a variety o...

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15 Oct

First, do no harm...

Why are so many Oregonians calling for a single-payer health care plan funded by personal income and payroll taxes? In large part such calls result from believing several myths about our health care system. The first myth is that (more...

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08 Oct

Protect everyone's basi...

Last week the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated ballot Measure 7, which voters passed in November 2000. Had it been enacted, Measure 7 would have helped constrain local governments' zoning powers by requiring them to compensate land owner...

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01 Oct

A better direction for speci...

A recent report by an Oregon legislative task force outlines how the state should improve special education. A number of concerns prompted the task force's formation. Spending for special education has risen rapidly in the past decade, a...

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24 Sep

An electric idea to save tax...

Portland's Mayor Katz and Commissioner Sten are spending a half-million dollars to study the city's rights to acquire most of PGE's assets, possibly through condemnation. The idea of a government takeover of PGE should die a quick death....

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17 Sep

Principles, not taxes, neede...

In June of 1993 Cascade Policy Institute published the report Seven Principles of State Budget Reform. Ironically the opening sentence asked, "Why is there another fiscal crisis in Oregon?" The current so-called budget crisis is not an ...

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10 Sep

September 11th...

Even after a year, it's too early to know what September 11th will eventually come to symbolize for our country. What it should not symbolize is a turning point beyond which Americans willingly began giving up some of the very liberties ...

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