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President and Founder

Geoffrey A. Manne is president and founder of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a distinguished fellow at Northwestern University’s Center on Law, Business, and Economics. Previously he taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to teaching, Manne practiced antitrust law at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC. Manne holds AB & JD degrees from the University of Chicago.

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Finally, some real help for California!

Oregonians, my fellow residents of the Beaver State (and, by the way, the only state in the Union with a different image on each side of its flag), voted yesterday to increase top marginal income tax rates and corporate tax rates, including minimum corporate tax rates and the addition of a tax on gross receipts.  I’m still waiting for Paul Krugman to decry the anti-stimulus measure, but I doubt it will happen (he’s a partisan hack, you know).  But there is a “bright” side: Capital (human and otherwise) flight from Oregon to its neighbors (including income-tax-free Washington to the North and foundering behemoth California to the South) will help those states with their economic troubles!  And fewer people and less economic activity in Oregon will be good for spotted owl habitat, after all.  I just hope the local beer industry survives.  I don’t know what I’d do without the ability to drown my sorrows in a few bottles of Terminal Gravity IPA.

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