Enhancing Oregon taxation policies.


Noted Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxation is the price we pay for civilization.” But is it?

Economist Mark Skousen best framed the response to Holmes in his paper Persuasion versus Force, where he wrote: “Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure.”

Cascade also predicted the current massive Public Employee Retirement System unfunded liabilities years before any official recognition in several reports including our 2001 Pension Liberation: A proposal to reform PERS.
Cascade analyses Oregon state and local tax and budget policies with an eye toward enhancing individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity.

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