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Anthony K. Smith

Anthony K. Smith is the Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business

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Five Tips to Help Oregon Shops and Restaurants Succeed on Nov. 26

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Nov. 23rd, 2022

SALEM, Ore., Nov. 11, 2022 - As chain stores and online retailers launch their holiday sales earlier and earlier in the season, Black Friday will not have the appeal it once did, but Small Business Saturday keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year, Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 26. Last year, spending at independent retailers and restaurants on …

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Marion, Polk County Key to Deciding Legislative Majorities

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Nov. 18th, 2022
While every voter in Oregon will help decide this year’s ultra-competitive three-way race for governor, it’s voters in Marion & Polk counties, particularly in Salem, that will likely determine whether Oregon’s new chief executive will be working with Democrat or Republican majorities in the next legislative session.   Currently, Oregon is on…
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Shocking the Electric Vehicle System

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Sep. 30th, 2022
Last month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs by 2035. Like many other industries, California’s vehicle market is the largest in the nation, so it’s no surprise that this change in policy will have major impacts for automakers and drivers in other states, whether they adopt thei…
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Will Oregon Suspend its Gas Tax?

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Apr. 5th, 2022

    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 …

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