About SBS

Who we are

State Budget Solutions (SBS) is a non-partisan, non-profit, national public policy organization with the mission to change the way state and local governments do business.

State Budget Solutions produces studies, articles, reports and compelling narrative about the critical issues that affect state and local budgets, including pension reform, health care and education. SBS engages state leaders, journalists and others on positive reforms aimed at improving the functionality of government.

SBS works to make its vision of empowered citizens a reality by  promoting policies that provide workable solutions for local people to make local decisions through the project Federalism In Action.


Bob Williams, President

Bob WilliamsBob Williams is President of State Budget Solutions. He is a former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate an auditor with the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO). Bob is a national expert in fiscal and tax policies, election reform and disaster preparedness. Because of his unique experience and expertise, Bob is a frequent guest on talk radio and at public forums. His commentary on state budget solutions appears frequently in newspapers, journals and online publications.

Bob Williams is the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Freedom Foundation, a public policy organization in Olympia, Washington, dedicated to the advancement of individual liberty. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. Bob worked as a GAO auditor of the Pentagon and Post Office before moving to Washington state where he served five terms in the Washington state legislature and was the 1988 Republican nominee for governor. He is a former certified public accountant. Currently Bob is the private sector chair of the ALEC Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force.

The Williams Report, a weekly compilation of state budget, collective bargaining and state pension news, can be found here.

Bob Williams may be contacted at


J. Scott Moody, CEO

MoodyJ. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 17 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 154 studies and books. He has testified twice before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire's Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal. 

His professional experience includes positions as the CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network affiliated think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation, Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation, Vice President of Policy at The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Research Fellow at The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and Senior Fellow for Budget and Tax Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. Additionally, Scott was appointed to Maine's Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission by Governor Paul LePage (R) in January 2011. 

Moody is the co-creator of the Tax Foundation's popular State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its tenth year of publication. 

Moody received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).

Scott Moody may be contacted at


Joe Luppino-Esposito, Editor and General Counsel

Joe Luppino-Esposito headshotJoe Luppino-Esposito is the editor and general counsel of State Budget Solutions. Joe's current research focuses on public employee pensions, Medicaid expansion, state debt, budget gimmicks, and many other state budget reforms. Prior to joining SBS, Joe was a researcher for Berman and Company, and previously served as a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, specializing in criminal and constitutional law.

He is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and the College of William and Mary. Joe is a licensed attorney in Virginia and Washington, DC. He is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Virginia.

Joe may be contacted at


Nathan Brinkman, Communications Fellow


At State Budget Solutions, Nathan handles communications and media outreach. 
Born and raised in the Midwest, Nathan has spent his adult life on the East Coast. After graduating from Seton Hall University, Nathan worked in sales for a telecommunications firm and later in the pharmaceutical industry. All the while, the politics of freedom remained his passion. Nathan’s activism led him to serve as finance director of a statewide political campaign and even to run for office himself as a reform-minded fiscal conservative in a decidedly left-of-center city (he didn’t win). When not bemoaning wasteful government spending, Nathan enjoys country music, the great outdoors, and goofing around with his two small kids. 
Nathan may be contacted at


Contact Us

Media inquiries should be directed to

You may contact State Budget Solutions President Bob Williams at and CEO J. Scott Moody at

State Budget Solutions
4701 Cox Road, Suite 301
Glen Allen, VA 23060