IN D.C.: Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

United States Capitol at dusk. (Courtesy/ Wikimedia Commons) WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden presented to Democrats includes a[Read More…]


Marion County employees can now get paid leave if they need to isolate because of Covid

The Marion County Health and Human Services headquarters in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Marion County is now allowing employees who get Covid to be paid while they’re in isolation without using up accrued sick or vacation leave. The policy, which the Board of Commissioners adopted Sept. 8, requires employees to[Read More…]


Marion County plans to sign new three-year contract with garbage burner

The Marion County Board of Commissioners are considering a new contract with Covanta Marion, a trash incinerator in Brooks.(Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider another contract with Covanta, the garbage incinerator, for another three years.  The current contract expires on Thursday. Covanta Marion,[Read More…]


Marion County budget by the numbers: what the commissioners are doing with your money

Marion County Courthouse. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider adopting the county’s annual budget, this year with the largest year-over-year increase in recent history. The county has gotten an influx of federal dollars in the past year as it’s dealt with[Read More…]