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COVER: Roger Williams visits the construction site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University in October 2011. The Weatherford new car dealer and former Texas Secretary of State was elected to represent a newly redrawn Congressional District 25 in 2012 and again in 2014. FILE PHOTO by BOB DAEMMRICH/THE TEXAS TRIBUNE


U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, an Austin Republican whose district includes the western half of Hays County, will meet this week with business groups in Wimberley and Dripping Springs.

The congressman will address the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce’s weekly breakfast on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at a downtown cafe and hold a roundtable discussion with members of the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Aug. 14 at a barbecue joint and craft brewery.

During the House’s August recess, Williams has been crisscrossing his far-flung district to talk up a series of tax reform bills he introduced in June and July. Williams’ Jumpstart America plan intends to stimulate the economy by cutting payroll, capital gains and income tax rates for individuals and corporations. Other elements of the plan seek to persuade corporations to forgo off-shore tax shelters through incentives that include the ability to write-off capital investment in equipment and technology.

The Jumpstart America plan is endorsed by economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who now heads American Action Network, a conservative issues advocacy group. Even so, Williams himself has conceded that there is virtually no chance that any of his seven bills will become law either this year or next.

The congressman will talk about his tax plan in Wimberley on Wednesday, his spokesperson said. He will meet with constituents in Dripping Springs on Friday following the chamber roundtable.

Go there

Wimberley Chamber of Commerce breakfast
When: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12
Where: Wimberley Cafe, 101 Wimberley Square [1]

Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce roundtable
When: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14
Where: Smoke’n Hops restaurant, 3799 U.S. 290 East [2]

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