Producing Results that Matter

March 24, 2017

By Rep. John Cyrier

Over the past decade, Texas Republicans have provided a great example of how government can be limited, efficient, and also effective at solving problems.

During the previous legislative session, Republican leaders pioneered a buildup of manpower and technology for border security, slashed a burdensome business tax to create more jobs and investment in the Texas economy, and defended religious freedom.

There are many more success stories like these, and I want to share about one that is near and dear to my heart.

In 2011 and 2015, wildfires burned 39,000 acres in my House district and destroyed 1,700 homes. As a pilot, I flew aerial observation during the first wildfire and had a bird’s eye view of the devastation.

Following the most recent disaster, I was honored to work with a grassroots effort of citizens who studied the wildfire and our response. Together, these citizens produced a thorough study, which outlined key recommendations. One of the most significant was to establish an air base to equip heavy tankers with fire retardant.

This February, we did just that. Bringing together different state agencies, we found a way to use existing public resources to establish a tanker base at minimal cost to taxpayers and use existing personnel to train area firefighters on its use. As only the second such base in Texas, this provided much needed resources to combat wildfires throughout the state.

This is one more conservative success story of what happens when citizens and elected leaders work together to solve problems that really matter.

In this same spirit, Republican leaders in the Texas House are mapping out solutions to the pressing challenges that face our state. My colleagues and I are committed to reforming Child Protective Services, improving our public schools by investing in excellence and accountability, defending the sanctity of human life, continuing the important work of border security, and resolving a budget crunch in a responsible way that pairs spending reductions with long-term investment to protect our economy and essential services.

The challenges are great but I have never been more optimistic about what we can accomplish. We’re Texans. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.

John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) represents District 17 in the Texas House. He is founder and CEO of a commercial construction company that is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work, and was twice nominated for CEO of the Year.

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