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Roger Williams: Everything is bigger in Texas, including your paycheck

Feb 11, 2018
By U.S. Rep. Roger Williams

The following op-ed by U.S. Representative Roger Williams was published by the Cleburne Times Review:

There is a reason Texas is the greatest state in the greatest nation. It is the land of opportunity and made up of a society of people that know hard work pays off. Our economy is up and businesses are booming. Hundreds of businesses across Texas and America are seeing the fruits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and taxpayers are already taking home more of their hard-earned money. What is even better is that this is only the beginning.

A little over a year ago, our country was still experiencing the side effects of the Great Recession. As a small business owner, I remember what it was like 15 years ago, before and after the most significant decline in our economy. Families didn’t know how they were going to put food on the table or make ends meet. Business owners didn’t know if they should pay their employees or pay to keep the lights on. Employers were forced to shut their doors, and as a result, moms and dads lost their jobs.

According to the Census Bureau, there are over 28 million people lucky enough to call themselves Texans. In our district alone, there are over 760,000 people I am fortunate enough to represent in Washington - 600,000 of which are hardworking Americans who wake up and go to work every day just like you and me.

I have traveled up and down the 25th Congressional District of Texas for six years now. I have seen firsthand the hardships that single mothers, large families, and small businesses have faced day in and day out. I pledged to the people of this district that I would work every day I am in office to jumpstart our economy - five years later - I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I have upheld that promise to all of you.

In my first term, I introduced a tax reform framework called, Jumpstart America. As it quickly garnered support from Main Street and my conservative colleagues, I reintroduced this plan every Congress after re-election. My bill laid out an authentic and comprehensive plan to get our country back on track. I am happy to report that much of my original proposals were used in the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law right before Christmas.

Unfortunately, since the bill’s inception, the Democrats are playing a game of moving targets where the rhetoric is changing as quickly as the economy. As soon as their buzzword or talking point of the day is proven wrong, they pull another one out of their imaginary hat of deception. The fact of the matter is, this bill is working and liberal lawmakers are doing everything they can to convince you otherwise.

We are hardly over a month into 2018 and it is apparent on every street corner that tax reform is quickly proving to be effective. Small businesses are now able to take risk in order to get reward. Employers are seeing the biggest corporate tax cut in our nation’s history, and in turn they are reinvesting in their business to hire more Americans and raise wages.

All of this sounds great but what does it all mean for Texas? It means the 600,000 workers in our district started taking more money to the bank as early as February 1. It means parents can start saving for their kid’s future by putting away funds for college. It means companies are increasing their workforce, and that those individuals can keep more of the money they earned throughout their lives. Ultimately, all this means more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.

Each day serving this district I am reminded what it is that makes America great - it’s you.  I am hopeful our economy will continue to flourish, and to each Texan out there that was counting on us to deliver a truly remarkable and historic tax cut - we did it.