Oregon needs to step up and invest in more wildfire prevention tools
By Pam Marsh
May 09, 2019 The Oregonian
Marsh, D-Ashland, represents House District 5 in the Oregon Legislature.
In summer 2017, Portland watched the beloved Columbia River Gorge go up in flames. Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. In November, we all watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like others in Oregon, burned to the ground. It is clear that smoke and fire threaten the health, economy, and future of communities ...
Forestry Department needs more funding now
by Rep. Pam Marsh
Sunday, March 24th 2019 - Mail Tribune
Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. A month later we watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like communities in our region, burned to the ground. Smoke and fire threaten our health, our economy and our future.
The gravity of our situation is reflected in the numbers. Oregon wildfires cost a whopping $514 million in 2018 and that half billion is not the end of our ...
Marsh’s fire plan is the right approach
by Mail Tribune Editorial Board
Sunday, March 24th 2019
We were critical of Gov. Kate Brown when she announced she was appointing a committee to study the state’s response to wildfires and smoke and report to the Legislature in the fall of 2019 — when this year’s fire season should be winding down. We’re still not thrilled with that measured response, although certainly the Wildfire Council can make a valuable contribution to fire prevention and suppression efforts going ...
Rep Marsh advocates for forest and fire resilience funding 022719
In the wake of persistent smoke and devastating fire, Representative Pam Marsh, Oregon House District 5, encourages the Joint Subcommittee on Natural Resources to support investments in forest and fire resilience this legislative session.
Rep Marsh Testimony at Broadband Hearing 02-11-19
Representative Pam Marsh, Oregon House District 5, delivers testimony at the House Committee on Economic Development public hearing on Feb 11, 2019 in support of HB 2173, which creates a Broadband Office within Business Oregon, and HB 2184, which expands the Oregon Universal Services Fund to establish a Broadband Fund.
Airbnb, others will pay local lodging taxes
Millions of dollars in lodging taxes from Airbnb and other online travel businesses are not collected each year in cities across Oregon, including tourist-dependent communities in Jackson County.
That’s about to change, following the Legislature’s approval of House Bill 4120, which requires the online payment collector to pay transient lodging taxes, used by many cities to promote local tourism.
“Cities need the money, and there needs to be equity between the online platforms and ...
No veto expected for pipeline project
Last year, Gov. Kate Brown vetoed $1.8 million to help build 3.3 miles of underground pipes for the Rogue River Valley Irrigation District to provide more water for fish, farmers and the Agate Reservoir.
This year, the governor is expected to sign off on the project.
“It is not going to be vetoed,” Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, said. “Very clearly, she said she had no objections to the project. I’m quite confident we’re going to get the money and do it.”
Last year, Brown and ...
Thousands in Medford for Women’s March
A crowd spanning generations and genders filled Medford parks Saturday, joining in a national demonstration of discontent over the country’s — and its leaders’ — direction.
For the thousands marching through downtown Medford in the second annual Southern Oregon Women’s March, Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You Don’t Own Me” became a rallying cry as the crowd packed Pear Blossom Park and spilled over nearby.
The park’s lawn was filled close to ...
Marsh urges ‘yes’ vote on Measure 101
In a well-attended Ashland Town Hall Saturday, Rep. Pam Marsh repeatedly urged a “yes” vote on Measure 101 to uphold Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion using assessments on insurers and hospitals — and if it fails January 23, it will throw the short legislative session into chaos, likely with deep cuts and no replacement revenues.
Marsh, an Ashland Democrat, said, “That’s the most important thing. Keep Medicaid whole. I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s the crucial ...