Salem Chamber Candidates Questionnaire
Salem Mayoral ElectionChris Hoy Chane Griggs
Chris Hoy, Candidate for Salem Mayor, Chane Griggs, Candidate for Salem Mayor
Question 1: We know homelessness has been identified as Salem residents’ number one issue facing our city today. What three specific actions will you take in the next six months to assist Council in improving this cr…
Making Sense Of Rules
Will Oregon Suspend its Gas Tax?
And they’re off! On March 18, Maryland became the first state to suspend its gas tax to help its citizens cope with soaring prices at the pump. Hours later, Georgia did the same. Florida has passed legislation to do this as well, although drivers will have to wait until October to see any savings. Connecticut became just the fourth state to …
Don’t Let Local Politics Sneak Up on You
It’s no secret that Americans are obsessed with politics. They have every right to be. What goes on at the federal and state levels of government dramatically affects how we live and do business. With 24-hour sensationalized news, you can choose your flavor (MSN/Fox) of flashy graphics and outraged anchors. However, with much attention given to what’s going on at the “macro” level, we can be completely blindsided by decisions made in our local communities. This is where we have the most influence.
The upcoming Legislative Short Session Will Bring Bew Policy and Yield its Fair Share of Political Theater
Civility Is easy to Achieve
Salem Climate Action Plan Raises Major Concerns for Local Salem Business Community
In 2018, Salem City Council called for the preparation of a climate change plan in their 2019 Policy Agenda to stem the effects greenhouse gas emissions have on our community. The resulting efforts from this goal progressed into the assembly of the City of Salem’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. What is a Climate Action Plan? The Salem Climate Action Plan is a strategic plan which seeks to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The plan has been developed over the course of 18 months with the partnership of a task force consisting of 40 volunteer members, representing a cross-section of vested leaders and their represented organizatio…
Redistricting: Impact on Oregon Business
In late September, the Oregon Legislature conducted business in a politically high stakes special session against a court-mandated deadline to redraw both Congressional, and state legislative maps. This highly contentious special session would provide the blueprint for what Oregon could look like over the next 10 years. Redrawing district lines has been a