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Mission: The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) does in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues. Our goal is to improve decision making and generate more opportunities for all Oregonians.

Results: In 2000, The Oregonian editorialized, “what makes the Center valuable is not rhetoric, but economic analysis that adds up to a powerful argument.” On our 10th anniversary, The Oregonian added, “the Oregon Center for Public Policy can claim to have improved public debate in Oregon — and the situation of thousands of Oregonians.” • Our research improved Oregon’s Working Family Child Care and Earned Income Tax Credits, putting more money into the pockets of low-income working families with children. This wasn’t just the “right” thing to do. Investments in their well-being help children succeed academically, creating a foundation for a brighter future for them and our state. • Our research has helped defeat ballot measures and other proposals that would have reduced tax revenues while skewing the tax system to benefit the wealthy at the expense of all other Oregonians. As a result, we helped prevent deep cuts in spending on education, health care, and other services essential to the economic security of Oregonians. • Our research made the case for Oregon’s ballot measure that boosted the minimum wage and promised annual cost-of-living adjustments. Increasing the minimum wage is one of the most important things a state can do to lift working people out of poverty. • Our research explained the positive impacts of ballot measures that raised income taxes on high-income Oregonians, set a new corporate minimum tax and new tax rate for the most profitable corporations. These measures prevented deep budget cuts without dampening Oregon’s economic performance. • Our research has created momentum for a Basic Health Program. This could help Oregon move even closer to the goal of extending affordable, quality health coverage to all Oregonians. • Our research and analysis about hunger and food stamp policies led to Oregon implementing a food stamp outreach effort and adopting policies so more Oregonians could qualify for food stamps.

Target demographics: Oregonians

Geographic areas served: Oregon

Programs: Using research and analysis to advance policies and practices that improve the economic and social opportunities of all Oregonians.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The OCPP serves as Oregon's best source of information and analysis on economic and fiscal policy, with both long term macro-level research and immediate responses to emerging issues and legislation. Known for its high quality reports and strong reputation for accuracy, the Center has been successful in transmitting highly influential information to the general public - despite the corporatist control of Oregon's major media outlets. Thanks to OCPP, Oregonians have access to data and analysis from a worker/human perspective that counters the corporate/institutional propaganda regularly trotted out as news. As a result, in Oregon, progressive economic and fiscal policy initiatives have a reasonable shot at success.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Oregon Center for Public Policy(OCPP) is a critical resource for all of us concerned with prosperity, equity, the quality of life and the future for all Oregonians.

The OCPP fills a critical niche in our community, providing solid, reliable data and economic analysis to inform our policy conversations and decision-making.

I'm honored to be serving on the Board, after relying for years on OCPP fact sheets.


Board Member

Rating: 5

As editor of the editorial board of Oregon's largest newspaper for 16 years, a member of the board for 22 years and the board's editorial columnist for 10 additional years, I call the following information to the attention of GreatNonprofits:
The Oregonian (20th-largest newspaper in the United States) has regarded the Oregon Center for Public Policy as the gold standard of factual accuracy and the platinum standard for non- partisan agenda-setting and consciousness raising on a quarter-century series of economic problems and social controversies affecting -- and often afflicting -- the state.
A few specifics: OCPP was the whistle blower that alerted us that the state's corporate minimum tax was a shambles -- and a sham. It was the prime, reliable source for raising public awareness about the actual and projected effects to changes in the minimum wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit. It currently leads (in partnership with the League of Women Voters) a remarkable statewide effort to raise civic literacy about the chronic, deep underfunding of public schools and of plausible options to remedy it. It is the honest broker, the go-to source, that assesses what has been achieved in ensuring that all Oregonians have affordable access to health care and, with commendable precision, what remains to be done.
This is a low-budget, very factual, high-impact, community-building operation -- an indispensable tutorial source for policy-makers and citizens alike.