12 Mar

Columbia River dredging: It&...

The Oregonian has stirred up debate recently with its investigative report on the proposed deepening of the Columbia River navigation channel. Now proponents and opponents are arguing about whether the net benefits will exceed the net co...

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05 Mar

Creative solutions for schoo...

School districts in Oregon face budget cuts that present opportunities to empower teachers, control costs and direct greater resources to the classroom. Districts should consider the following proposals. Health care: In the short-term, ...

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26 Feb

Urban renewal gets another b...

The Portland Development Commission has put 70 urban renewal projects on hold due to the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision in Shilo Inn v. Multnomah County. Amidst the collective hand wringing over the loss of funds, few are discussin...

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19 Feb

CAFE carnage: Death by fuel ...

Dozens of Oregonians are killed every year by fuel economy standards on new cars. The situation may soon get even worse. The federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards impose average mile per gallon (mpg) requi...

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12 Feb

Greater health insurance fre...

Much noise was raised about protecting the Oregon Health Plan from budget cuts in the recent special legislative session. A more constructive ruckus would have started with the question: how can we get more affordable private health insu...

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05 Feb

Time to commercialize Oregon...

The Oregonian's four-part story about Oregon's slowly collapsing highway bridges points to a fundamental problem: we raise lots of revenue through transportation taxes, but there is no requirement that those funds be spent on maintenance...

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29 Jan

Education freedom linked to ...

The Manhattan Institute recently released its 2001 Education Freedom Index, which measures four types of educational freedom: the ability of parents to pursue charter school options, subsidized private schools, public school choice and h...

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