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Decision 2024: Salem’s Economic future at the Forefront of City Elections

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Apr. 26th, 2024

As Salem gears up for its city council and mayoral elections on May 21st, the business community will see significant distinctions between the candidates on key economic issues. The spotlight has particularly fallen on the contentious payroll tax proposal of 2023, which has become a dividing line for how the candidates each approach taxes and their overall philosophy of governance.

Last summer, by a vote of 5 to 4, the Mayor and City Council approved a payroll tax on Salem workers. The proponents of the tax argued that the city needed more revenue to cover increased city spending. The tax would have cost the average worker $500 per year. Knowing it would likely be defeated at the ballot box, the Mayor and Council defeated an effort by …

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Publisher Perspectives: Navigating Crime and Business Growth in Salem

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Jan. 9th, 2024

As an immigrant from Mexico and a long-standing resident of Salem, I've come to understand the evolving dynamics of our community, especially in terms of crime and its impact on the business environment. The intricate relationship between crime legislation, its broader social implications, and the local business landscape is complex and warrants careful c

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Publisher Perspectives: Should Business Leaders in Salem Step into Politics?

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Oct. 16th, 2023

In Salem's commercial heart, a pressing conversation intensifies: Should our city's business visionaries navigate the intricate maze of politics? Particularly now, as both our city of Salem and the broader state stand influenced by a progressive majority. While these leaders bring forth passionate ideals, there's a palpable sentiment suggesting that the g

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Publisher Perspectives: Salem at a Crossroads- Democracy, Fiscal Responsibility, and the Forthcoming Payroll Tax Vote

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Sep. 25th, 2023

The beauty of a well-functioning democracy lies not just in the engagement of its citizenry, but also in the trust established between the people and their elected representatives. This trust is rooted in transparency, respect for the voice of the majority, and judicious fiscal management. Today, Salem stands at a significant crossroad that will define it

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