Policy For The People

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Policy for the People, a production of the Oregon Center for Public Policy (ocpp.org), explores the public policies that can advance economic justice in our state.

This show builds from the premise that all Oregonians deserve to live in dignity. Everyone — no matter the color of their skin or where they live in Oregon — should be able to enjoy economic security and the possibility to thrive.
But right now, economic insecurity is widespread. Many Oregonians struggle to afford food, rent, health care, childcare, or college tuition. Such insecurity is especially common among Black, Indigenous, Latino, and other Oregonians of color. Rural Oregonians also face high barriers to opportunity. And even solidly middle-class families are but one serious illness or job loss away from economic ruin.

This widespread economic insecurity is not for lack of resources. Oregon is a prosperous state in one of history’s richest nations.

It is, instead, the result of wealthy elites — and the multinational corporations they control — rigging the system. Through campaign contributions, control of the media, and well-paid lobbyists, wealthy elites use their power to push through policies that benefit them — to the detriment of everyone else, especially people of color. 
Our show examines how public policy choices designed to benefit the few got us into our current, inequitable reality. And it explores different public policy choices that can take us in a new direction, toward an Oregon where everyone — white, Black, and brown — enjoys economic security and the possibility to thrive.





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Policy For The People on 11/11/22

Airs at: Fri, 11/11/2022 at 10:00am - 10:30am
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A re-energized labor movement sparks hope

Airs at: Fri, 09/09/2022 at 10:00am - 10:30am
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  In an earlier era, a vibrant labor movement nurtured a broad middle class. But half-a-century ago, under severe attack from corporations, the fortunes of organized labor began to turn for the worse. Right now, though, we are seeing hopeful signs of a revival of union pow... Read more

One big corporation keeps us from having a free, simple tax filing system

Airs at: Fri, 08/12/2022 at 10:00am - 10:30am
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  Why is filing your tax return such a hassle? The main reason is because a complicated tax filing system fuels the profits of the tax preparation industry, and one corporation in particular. Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, has used all kinds of tricks to keep our tax syste... Read more