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Bob Williams

Bob Williams is President of State Budget Solutions, a non-partisan organization advocating for fundamental reform and REAL solutions to the state budget crises.

Bob 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  bobwilliams@statebudgetsolutions.org

 

  • BLOG

    Union Rallies Update

    by Bob Williams | May 19, 2011

    A weekly update on union rallies held around the country.

  • BLOG: CONNECTICUT, INDIANA, KANSAS, NEBRASKA

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | May 13, 2011

    Connecticut, Kansas, Indiana and Nebraska are finalizing their budget for the coming fiscal year(s). Read about those states and see the budget deficits in all 50 states.

  • BLOG: CALIFORNIA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN

    Update on union rallies

    by Bob Williams | May 11, 2011

    Unions from California to Pennsylvania organized events to protest state budget cuts and rally for jobs in what was a very busy week full of union activity around the country.

  • BLOG: CALIFORNIA, HAWAII, NORTH CAROLINA , TEXAS

    West Coast States Making Progress

    by Bob Williams | May 6, 2011

    State legislatures are still working out the logistics to make the July 1 budget deadline. The states on the West Coast are working on getting their finances in some semblance of order, while those on the East Coast are still struggling to balance their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • BLOG

    Protests Extend from Coast to Coast

    by Bob Williams | April 26, 2011

    The year 2011 may be the year of rallies and protests. The phenomenon that began with Madison, Wisconsin is now spreading to cities throughout California and the rest of the country.

  • Solutions

    Reject State bailouts to foster job growth and strong economies

    Inside ALEC | by Bob Williams | April 26, 2011

    Recently, President Obama proposed a job-killing plan that includes another round of bailouts for the states. Under the proposal, the administration would impose a moratorium in 2011 and 2012 on state unemployment insurance (UI) tax increases and on state interest payments to the federal government. States would be forced to borrow more from the federal government to pay for unemployment insurance. Furthermore, in 2014, the administration would more than double the taxable income for unemployment insurance from $7,000 to $15,000. This would be a devastating private sector job killer.

  • BLOG

    State Budgets Move Right Along

    by Bob Williams | April 21, 2011

     

    As the end of the fiscal year approaches, states are getting their budgets stamped and sealed. Some states have advanced budget plans through both the House and the Senate. Other states are waiting for approval from additional legislatures or remain deadlocked in their debates.

     

  • Headlines

    Biennial Budget Conference Call

    by Bryan Leonard, Bob Williams | April 21, 2011

    Listen to a conference call about biennial vs. annual budgeting with Bryan Leonard and Bob Williams.

  • BLOG: OHIO, NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Public Sector Pushback

    by Bob Williams | April 19, 2011

    Lawmakers in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere have made headlines in the last two months for their bold steps to curtail bargaining rights and benefits for public sector unions. Now, however, supporters of public unions are pushing back; significant efforts to repeal recent legislation are already in the works.

  • BLOG

    Budget Woes Still Prevalent

    by Bob Williams | April 15, 2011

    Weekly recap of state budget deals and deficits.

  • BLOG

    Update on Union Rallies

    by Bob Williams | April 14, 2011

    I expect a lot of union protest and rallies in the coming month, and I fear that things will get ugly.  Here are some of the highlights of this week's union protests around the nation:

  • BLOG: MASSACHUSETTS , NEW YORK, FLORIDA

    Pension Reform Update: Progress for some, relapse for others

    by Bob Williams | April 14, 2011

    While some states are attempting to reform lavish pension plans, others are  still playing games with state finances.

  • Headlines

    Your State Unemployment Trust is Insolvent

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams, Bob Williams | April 14, 2011

    States had over $48.3 billion in loans from the federal government for unemployment insurance.  States owe the federal government over $500 million in interest on these loans.

  • BLOG: ARIZONA, FLORIDA, ALABAMA, WASHINGTON

    States get down to the nitty-gritty

    by Bob Williams | April 11, 2011

    States are getting down to the nitty-gritty of budget cuts as they hack away millions of dollars in order to salvage their shortfalls. While some states are managing to balance their budget woes, others are still deliberating their budgets for the next fiscal year.

  • Solutions: WASHINGTON

    How can legislators solve a $5.3 billion deficit?

    The Evergreen Freedom Foundation | by Bob Williams | April 5, 2011

    there is no shortage of ideas for fixing the budget. The demand for government services is virtually infinite, but the resources to pay for them are not. This is why legislators must do the job for which they were hired—prioritize the role of government within existing resources.

  • BLOG

    Collective Bargaining Update

    by Bob Williams | April 4, 2011
  • BLOG: OHIO

    Ohio's New Collective Bargaining Law

    by Bob Williams | April 1, 2011

    Ohio's new collective bargaining law contains many provisions that reshape the landscape in the Buckeye State.

  • BLOG: CALIFORNIA, MINNESOTA, FLORIDA, NEW YORK

    Cuts, Taxes, and Creativity

    by Bob Williams | March 31, 2011

    It's that time of year again; one by one, states are passing their budgets for the next fiscal year. Shortfalls still loom for some while others have used a variety of tools to balance their books. Some states have taxed, others have cut, and still others have just gotten creative with their accounting.

  • Texas vs. California

    by Bob Williams, Bob Williams | March 24, 2011

    California perhaps faces much larger hurdles than Texas does, but government services are likely to be seriously curtailed in both states. Are these states continuing to do things differently?

  • BLOG

    Different states try different budget approaches

    by Bob Williams | March 17, 2011

    It is crunch time once again for state budget leaders. Some states are making serious cuts to welfare and other programs while others are relying on reserves.  Still others are engaging in budgetary trickery to mask their true problems.


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