OregonPEN Best Invest List: Oregon Center for Public Policy

About OCPP
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.

OCPP’s Mission

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

OCPP’s Core Values

Economic justice. Economic justice is found in a progressive tax system and the equitable distribution of the economy’s benefits.

Stand with the poor. Our solutions must benefit all Oregonians, but always with a special focus on the interests of low income Oregonians.

Good government works. Government can play a necessary and positive role, and we are vigilant and critical in pursuit of improved effectiveness and efficiency of our public structures.

How OCPP Works

Credibility. Our effectiveness demands independence, rigor, and transparent reasoning.

Usefulness. Our work is timely, accessible, and relevant.

Cooperation. We work in concert with others to share information, build consensus, and achieve results.

Involvement. In all decisions we are considerate of those who are affected by our work.

The Center’s Accomplishments

We believe in an economically prosperous Oregon where Oregonians at all income levels have a meaningful opportunity to thrive.

This vision won’t be achieved by accident or by chance. Good public policy is essential.

It will take a just tax system that produces sufficient revenue to pay for needed public investments.

It will take economic policy that ensures that all workers, not just the wealthy few, enjoy the benefits of a growing economy.

It will take smart budgets that prioritize investments in education, health care and other vital public services that protect the vulnerable and create opportunity for all.

We reject the notion that “you’re on your own.” We believe “we’re in this together” when it comes to protecting the vulnerable, educating our children and steering the state’s economy

We have a long track record of success. Among the highlights:

·       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.

Donation link: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/OCPP