13 Apr

Testimony Before the Joint S...

By John A. Charles, Jr. Members of the subcommittee, my name is John Charles and I am President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, a nonpartisan policy research organization. Most witnesses ask you to spend money. I am here asking ...

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11 Apr

Road Widening, Congestion Pr...

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. I’ve got a big family, which means we do a lot of laundry. With our old appliances, we were doing a load a day and there was a backlog of dirty clothes. When our old washer and dryer went kaput, we decided on an...

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10 Apr

Portland’s Affordable Housin...

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Remember that song about getting money for nothing? In Portland, it’s the opposite. We’re getting nothing for money. This week, Portland’s City Council will get the first annual report on how the city is spendin...

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03 Apr

Read My Lips: Metro’s Promis...

By Miranda Bonifield There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program, and nothing is quite as immortal as a temporary tax. Metro promised in 2006 that its parks bond would leave no need for new taxes until 2016. Instead, ...

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27 Mar

Free to Choose with Freedom ...

By Miranda Bonifield School choice made a splash in the headlines last month with the proposal of the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. The proposed legislation would create a federal income tax credit for donations to...

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22 Mar

Oregon Taxpayers Can’t Celeb...

By John A. Charles, Jr. This week our State Treasurer, Tobias Read, issued a press release bragging that investors around the country “stood in line” to loan Oregon $100 million so that Governor Kate Brown could buy part of the Elliott ...

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20 Mar

What’s Causing Oregon’s “Hou...

By Miranda Bonifield Here’s a question for you: Why is housing so expensive in Oregon? Government at all levels has attempted to address the issue of housing affordability for years with tax credits, occasional expansion of the urban...

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