April 3, 2018


Touts Job Growth In Speech At Local Business Ground Breaking Ceremony


AUSTIN - While attending a ground breaking ceremony for a new Pizza Inn and Casa Grill & Bar in Jim Hogg County, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) delivered remarks touting the economic growth of the region and his work to continue that growth.


"New business obviously means new jobs for Hebbronville and new revenue for the school district and county. In the legislature, we’ve worked to foster an economic environment that creates these kinds of opportunities," said Guillen. "By cutting taxes and burdensome regulations, we’ve been able to bring over 650 businesses, like Pizza Inn and Casa Grill & Bar, to our district."


Guillen's efforts to promote job growth in South Texas have been successful. Since 2003, District 31's unemployment rate has decreased from 9.6% to 6.3%, average yearly wages have gone up, and over 6,000 new businesses have opened. In the last year, Texas has added 285,200 new jobs, giving thousands of Texans the opportunity for employment. The month of February was no exception, as 42,800 jobs were added, demonstrating the expanding economy in the state as a result of Guillen's pro-jobs focus.


Guillen recognizes the crucial role a strong economy plays in the livelihood of South Texans, so he has worked hard to pass many pieces of legislation to improve the business climate in Texas. In the last few years, Guillen has cut the state business tax, expanded financial assistance to rural small businesses, established an economic development and job training fund, cut burdensome regulations and red tape, increased funding for economic development, and created the Emerging Technology Fund to help ensure that Texas is able to attract high-tech jobs to the state.


Guillen continued, "The 'Texas Miracle' is alive and well, but results take time and we face new obstacles every day. Even with a strong economic climate, we’re faced with the challenge of educating our kids and training our workforce. We look forward to continue our work on behalf of South Texans as we continue to fight and make strides in these areas."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and