Visit from Congress: U.S. representative stops in Lampasas
Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) met with community and business leaders during a visit to Lampasas on Thursday.
Williams toured the Ajinomoto Windsor plant on the downtown square – one of the largest private employers in the city.
The congressman met with leaders of the food manufacturing company as well as representatives of the Lampasas Economic Development Corp.
“Lampasas has done a really good job of economic development,” Williams said. “We were just here to promote that and talk about seeing if anybody needs help from a federal standpoint, so we might be able to bring more jobs here.”
Williams said the factors that make the community favorable to business also tend to be true of the overall Texas economy.
“Our economic strength we’ve got here in Texas is no personal income tax,” the congressman said. “That really drives a lot of businesses to here. There’s no reason they shouldn’t come right here to Lampasas. You’ve got a great workforce, a great community. You’ve got quality of life, which is important.”
“It was good to have Congressman Williams here, to visit our plant and see our facility,” said Bruce Schroeder, general manager for the local Ajinomoto Windsor plant.
Having visits from state or national elected leaders “is a rare opportunity for us,” Schroeder said. “They’re busy in Washington and Austin…”
Williams and other lawmakers return to congressional session Sept. 6, and they will convene until October.
He outlined legislative priorities, including tax reform and national defense.
“The highest [corporate] tax rates in the world are right here in the United States,” Williams said, discussing his goal to change the tax structure.
Another major objective for Williams is “to get our military back on a budget where the generals can begin to run their own business, and we don’t continue to hollow out our military. We need to build it back.”
But the congressman was not overly optimistic about accomplishing those goals in the next session.
“I don’t know that we’ll get much done at all until after the election,” Williams said. “I think that we just don’t know. There’s so much divide up there.”