UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Congressman Bill Flores was in Waco Tuesday opening his new local office and meeting with locals about legislation geared to help Waco.
"We've got sub-optimum job growth, the debt and deficit are hurting people. People are scared about it. Now, we've got gasoline prices that are high and getting higher. Those are going to be rough on family budgets this summer," said Flores.
Flores wants to lower the deficit and his budget proposal has already passed the House.
Local attorney Wesley Filer says a decision on that proposal could mean more growth for local businesses.
"Cutting government spending, I think, and possibly increasing taxes if that's necessary, but some sort of combination of those two are just very critical," said Filer.
Unemployment is a big concern in Waco. So Flores is pushing for legislation to make the Waco Mammoth Site a national park.
Flores says the Mammoth Site is important because if it gains national park status, it will bring more tourist to the area who will in turn spend their money here in Waco.
Flores hopes that will also fix school budget issues and teacher layoffs.
"That's going help the local economic base, and that's going to help provide better stability for education, for teachers, for education, for their salaries, for the cost of educating our students," said Flores.
The Congressman also met with other businesses in the area to discuss their needs.
He says while the national economy seems slow, Waco is on the road to recovery.