Articles written by Rep. Ron Marshall

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  • New Federal regs threaten Montana's rural banks

    Rep. Steve Gunderson and Rep. Ron Marshall|Nov 23, 2023

    In the quiet corners of rural Montana, credit unions and community banks offer a unique ability to focus on bringing value to Main Street rather than Wall Street. These institutions have a vested interest in the success of their communities and often serve as economic anchors, supporting local businesses, farms, and ranches. Local banks offer a unique ability to build personal relationships and offer services dedicated to fit the specific needs of a rural community. However, their ability to do just that would be at risk if federal legislation...

  • Patent abuse by Big Pharma makes our healthcare more expensive

    Rep. Ron Marshall, Bitterroot Valley|Aug 31, 2023

    Pharmaceutical patents are a key instrument that promote innovation in America. They provide a financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in research and development, and allow them to recover costs and make a profit once their medication hits the market. However, an alarming trend has emerged: companies are increasingly manipulating the patent system to create and extend monopolies on their drugs far beyond what is fair. This is not by any means what was intended when our patent system was created, and it has increasingly...