03 Dec

Metro "faithful" l...

Portland's regional government, Metro, is held up as a national model for how to get local governments to work together on such issues as land use planning. But now Metro Executive Mike Burton has proposed expanding the urban growth boun...

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01 Dec

Have a prosperous New Year...

Here's wishing everyone a prosperous New Year. That's not a trite phrase; it's the foundation for our dynamic culture, a clean environment, and more. What would you do if you had more money? You might be able to take your family on a va...

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26 Nov

A Thanksgiving story to cele...

Most children are taught that Thanksgiving celebrates the Pilgrims' first harvest and their sharing it with Native Americans. However, this version of the story suffers from serious omissions. For its first few years the Plymouth planta...

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19 Nov

Temporary is a long-time in ...

During the last session Oregon legislators created the current budget shortfall. They added new programs and spent more on existing programs than forecasts showed the state would have revenue to support. This irresponsibility has led to ...

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12 Nov

Improving Oregon's budg...

Now that Oregon has a new governor-elect, speculation begins about how he will deal with Oregon's continuing budget shortfall and poor business climate. Conventional wisdom says (more…)...

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05 Nov

To reduce the influence of m...

Every now and then we hear the call for taxpayer-funded political campaigns at the national or state level. Now, it's even at the local level. Two Portland government officials want taxpayers to underwrite campaigns for city elections. ...

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29 Oct

Majority vote does not chang...

A sign in a government community center reads, "Exercise your freedom and vote!" This exhortation may sound good, but it should cause one to pause and ask: Is freedom really about voting? Cato Institute president Ed Crane once remarked ...

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