About SBS

Who we are

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.

Meet the Team

J. Scott Moody, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Economist

MoodyScott 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.

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

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

Scott Moody may be contacted by clicking here.

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. Government 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 private sector chair of the ALEC Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force.

Bob Williams may be contacted by clicking here.

Jonathan Haines, Executive Vice President and Director of Federalism in Action

jonathan haines head shotJonathan Haines is the executive vice president for State Budget Solutions and director of Federalism In Action–a joint project with the State Policy Network that seeks to restore local control and balance of power nationwide. Prior to joining State Budget Solutions, Jonathan served as the director of communications for The Maine Heritage Policy Center. He has more than 15 years’ experience in communications, government and external affairs, as well as legislative and political management.

He has proven himself a strong and passionate advocate for the advancement of conservative values and the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Jonathan joined State Budget Solutions in 2014.

Jonathan Haines may be contacted by clicking here.

Joe Luppino-Esposito, Editor and General Counsel

JLE head shotJoe 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 Luppino-Esposito may be contacted by clicking here.

Nathan Brinkman, Communications

brinkmanheadAt 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 Brinkman may be contacted by clicking here.

Sarah Curry, Senior Policy Fellow

sarah curry head shotSarah Curry is a Senior Policy Fellow for State Budget Solutions and the Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her research focuses on North Carolina’s state budget, local and state taxes and tax credits, economic development incentive programs, and the state’s reliance on various debt instruments.

Sarah has worked for the North Carolina State Senate as a research assistant for the chairs of the Senate Agricultural Committee and headed the research efforts for the Regulatory Reform Committee. She has also worked in the private banking sector as an investment counselor and retail banker along with managing and staffing both state and federal campaigns across North Carolina.

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nicholls State University and an International Masters of Business Administration with a Plus Certificate in Finance from Gardner-Webb University. Her internship was spent in Washington, D.C. with the House of Representative’s Financial Service Committee where she worked with staff during the TARP program negotiations.

A North Carolina native, Sarah resides in Apex with her husband.

Sarah Curry may be contacted by clicking here.

Stephen A. Moses, Senior Policy FellowStephen Moses head shot

Steve Moses is a Senior Policy Fellow for State Budget Solutions and the president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform in Seattle, Washington. The Center promotes universal access to top-quality long-term care by encouraging private financing as an alternative to Medicaid dependency for most Americans. Previously, Steve was president of the Center for Long-Term Care Financing (1998-2005), Director of Research for LTC, Inc., (1989-98), a senior analyst for the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1987-89), a Medicaid state representative for the Health Care Financing Administration (1978-87), a HHS Departmental Management Intern (1975-78), and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela (1968-1970). He is widely recognized as an expert and innovator in the field of long-term care. 


Steve has directed numerous national and state-level studies for the federal government, state governments, and private think tanks on Medicaid long-term care eligibility, asset transfers, estate recoveries and LTC financing. He specializes in correcting problems associated with “Medicaid estate planning,” the practice of artificially impoverishing affluent people to qualify them for public assistance. 

Micah Wasserman, Policy Fellow

micahheadMicah Wasserman is State Budget Solutions’ Policy Fellow. Micah is a recent graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where he studied Economics and International Relations. During his time in school, Micah worked in the financial services in settings that ranged from private investment management and consulting to Memphis City Hall. Micah’s policy research at SBS pertains to municipal debt and public employee pensions.

Micah Wasserman may be contacted by clicking here.



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State Budget Solutions
1739 Maybank Hwy, Suite T-346
Charleston, South Carolina 29412