Salem Is the 9th Most Dependent Midsize U.S. Metro on Small Businesses
You can see in a new report from Smartest Dollar looking at which U.S. locations are most dependent on small businesses, despite representing 99.9% of all businesses in the country and generating nearly half U.S. annual GDP, the role of small businesses in the economy has been on a decline for several decades. In the late 1980s, small businesses employed 54.…
Oregon’s Latest Stab at Single Payer Health Care
Are Salem-Keizer incomes keeping pace with inflation?
While some workers have seen their wage gains outpace inflation, others haven’t - and rising prices have effectively given them a pay cut. Even before the current run of inflation, many workers were already in a challenging position due to slow wage growth relative to prices over the last decade. Changes in cost of living have also affected workers differe…
What Primary Election Winners Should Know
May 17th marked a turning point in Oregon politics for 2022. With the conclusion of primary races across the State, Oregon voters now have a clear view of the final slate of individuals who will be vying for elected office in our state. Below is a preview of races which have a direct impact on the Salem community, a recap of how the races turned out, and what Salem voters may expect in the months to come in the lead up to the November 8th general election.…
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.