E. Werner Reschke skillfully navigated the recent legislative sessions to pass a bill making Sky Lakes Medical Center providers eligible for Oregon’s Rural Medical Tax Credit. He ensured Klamath County School District retained its small high school funding. Werner authored legislation for high speed broadband internet to reach Merrill and Malin. Werner worked with key legislators to pass a bill lowering licensing barriers for military spouses, and he championed a bill allowing Community Colleges to offer 4-year applied baccalaureate degrees. Just recently in August 2020 Werner helped secure funding for Oregon Tech’s $19 million Boivin Hall renovation. Werner also led the way to keep Warner Creek Correctional facility open.
Stopping Cap & Trade
Werner was an integral part of the Republican effort to prevent Cap & Trade from passing without a vote from the people. A policy with this broad of an impact, and this controversial should not only be discussed in the legislature but also should allow the people a direct up or down say on the matter.
Cap & Trade would have been detrimental to rural Oregon’s economy with an imperceptible impact on Oregon’s climate. Cap & Trade gave unprecedented power to unelected bureaucrats. Moreover, the Cap & Trade policy raised gas prices by a minimum of 22¢/gallon, significantly increased the cost of natural gas and gave away major exclusions to big corporations.
Werner believes the job of State Representative is to work all means necessary, within the bounds of the Constitution, in order to influence policy, protect and benefit the people of Southern Klamath & Lake Counties.
E. Werner Reschke is a man of principle. He is a three-time recipient of the Conservative Union's Excellence Award. During the 2019 Legislative Session, he voted No against the Progressive Portland agenda more than any other legislator in Oregon’s House of Representatives.