Month: July 2009

Tax Credits for Hybrids Don’t Significantly Increase Demand

Steve LaFleur

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It seems as if every time you turn on the news, you hear politicians talking about raising taxes on the wealthy. The Oregon legislature already raised taxes on higher-income earners, and the Obama administration wants to do the same. Despite this, both the Obama administration and the Oregon legislature have proposed subsidies for certain higher-income earners. This is being done through tax credits for hybrid electric cars. (more…)

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The Fatal Conceit

Stephan BurklinCascade Commentary

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Summary: Created nearly ten years ago, the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department’s “Vertical Housing Program” was designed to encourage mixed-use commercial/residential developments. But despite massive public subsidies invested in these projects, the program is not able to attract businesses to its retail spaces. (more…)

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John A. Charles, Jr. featured in KATU 2 story on the “cash for clunkers” program

The federal government’s ‘Cash for clunkers’ program aims to boost cars sales and cut fuel use by letting car shoppers trade-in their older, gas guzzling vehicles for a rebate from $3,500 to $4,500 toward the purchase of a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle. Cascade President John Charles points out why the program won’t work as intended, and how it will create a shortage of used cars, thus driving up their prices and making it even more difficult for low-income people to purchase affordable transportation.

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It’s Summertime, But These Students Can’t Wait to Go to School

Kathryn Hickok


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Most gradeschool children are enjoying their summer off, but some young Oregonians already have September on their minds. You see, they are on the waiting list of the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland and eagerly hope to attend the school of their choice next fall. (more…)

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John A. Charles, Jr. featured in KGW-TV story on TriMet’s WES commuter trains

Watch this great KGW-TV exposé of TriMet’s commuter rail “financial train wreck” featuring Cascade President John A. Charles, Jr.

Click the link below to watch:
Empty WES trains hurting TriMet bottom line

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John A. Charles, Jr. on KATU News (Channel 2) July 20 & 21

John A. Charles, Jr. will be intereviewed by KATU News (Channel 2)
on the federal “Cash for Clunkers” proposal on
July 20 at 11 pm, and
July 21 at 6 am.

Set your recorder or TiVo; you won’t want to miss it!

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Oregon’s Energy-Inefficient “Green Revolution”

Sarah RossCascade Commentary
Summary: With huge subsidies coming from the federal and state governments to prop up inefficient forms of energy production, scientists and entrepreneurs are less likely to produce new, more efficient energy forms. In addition, the massive influx of regulations supported by environmentalists inhibits new energy forms from competing in the market. These factors prevent new sources of energy from coming onto the grid and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in increased energy costs. (more…)

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John A. Charles, Jr. featured on KATU 2story on TriMet’s gold-platedemployee benefits.

Watch this great KATU-TV exposé of TriMet’s “most generous in the country” benefits package. Featuring Cascade’s President John Charles’ analysis of the agency’s out-of-control spending and Common Sense for Oregon’s Golden Fleece Award for wasting taxpayers’ money.

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Oregon could add 20,000 new jobs at no cost to taxpayers if Congress will end the federal estate tax

Steve Buckstein

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Buckstein
(503) 242-0900 or


Portland, Oregon, July 15, 2009 – Oregon could add some 20,000 new jobs at no cost to taxpayers if the federal estate tax were repealed, according to a new analysis by Cascade Policy Institute.

The estimates are based on research by the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. The research was conducted for the nonprofit American Family Business Foundation (AFBF), Washington, DC.  (more…)

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The City Council’s Expensive New Toys

Stephan BurklinQuickPoint!

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Portland’s Rose Quarter is like that small-scale battery-operated car your parents gave you for your fifth birthday. It provided amusement, provoked envy and secured your happiness for a full two weeks; but now it sits abandoned in your family’s basement.

If Portland were a single-family home, then Pioneer Square would be its living room, Tom McCall Waterfront Park its front lawn, and the Rose Quarter its unsightly basement. (more…)

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