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Bob Williams

Bob 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.

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  • Solutions

    Solutions to the public pension crisis

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

    Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

  • Editorials: CALIFORNIA

    California's New Insane Way To Pay Its Bills

    by Bob Williams | Friday, March 16, 2012

    Insanity is the one word to describe the news that California is planning to borrow $21.6 billion to cover cash shortfalls that might leave the state without enough money to pay its bils. The legislature's failure to take action on solving the state's budget deficit is the reason why California is now the leader in fiscal irresponsibility.

  • Editorials: NEW JERSEY

    Is State Debt Constitutional?

    by Bob Williams, Kristen De Pena | Monday, February 6, 2012

    It is time for New Jersey to follow the provisions in the state Constitution, the highest law of the state, and both address their massive deficit and create more responsible budgets in the future.

  • Editorials: MASSACHUSETTS

    Massachusetts Budget: Gimmicks, Tricks and Illusions

    by Bob Williams | Monday, February 6, 2012

    It is time for Massachusetts to start making tough budget decisions and unfortunately Gov. Patrick's budget doesn't do that. Massachusetts needs a leader who will not play games and implement gimmicks with the state's budget.

  • Editorials: WISCONSIN

    Does Wisconsin Have a Budget Deficit?

    by Bob Williams | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    State Budget Solutions urges all states to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and our Reality-Based Budgeting to "reset" state spending now.

  • Headlines

    Budget Gimmicks Used by States

    by Bob Williams | January 19, 2012

    Because many states do continue to rely on the gimmicks, SBS tracks what financial games the states are playing.  The gimmicks are many and varied.  This is an overview of many of the gimmicks that states have recently used.

  • Research

    Budget Gimmicks Used by States

    by Bob Williams | January 19, 2012

    Because many states do continue to rely on the gimmicks, SBS tracks what financial games the states are playing.  The gimmicks are many and varied.  This is an overview of many of the gimmicks that states have recently used.

  • Editorials

    New Year's State Budget Resolutions

    by Bob Williams | Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    If governors and legislators make and stick to these resolutions, policy changes will be implemented and states will eliminate their budget deficits and improve the economic conditions in their state.

  • Editorials: CALIFORNIA

    Business-as-usual tactics spike state taxes, debt

    by Bob Williams | Monday, December 19, 2011

    Gov. Jerry Brown refused to implement a reasonable, rational and responsible budgeting approach. Piecemeal use of effective budgeting techniques and the continued reliance on gimmicks might look like reform and austere decision-making, but they are only a cover-up for California's irresponsible business-as-usual.

  • Solutions: PENNSYLVANIA

    Reality-Based Budgeting

    Commonwealth Foundation | by Bob Williams, Matthew J. Brouillette | December 7, 2011

    This is the year to resolve Pennsylvania's serious financial crises by changing the budget focus from inputs to outcomes. In other words, legislators and the governor should junk the old conventional model and start designing a reality-based budget from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

  • Editorials

    Debts of U.S. states over $4 trillion

    by Bob Williams | Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Due to budget gimmicks and tricks many legislators can convince themselves that they are not in the hole as much as they really are. However, looking at the actual numbers paints a different picture.  If legislators don't act immediately and decisively, our country will be facing a budget crisis that we have never seen before.

  • OPINION

    Debts of U.S. states over $4 trillion

    by Bob Williams | November 17, 2011

    Our country cannot afford to continue to carelessly spend while passing trillions in debt to future generations. By utilizing Reality Based Budgeting and making smart decisions based on performance, legislators have the opportunity to dug their way out of the red and save our great, great, grandchildren from shouldering this financial burden.

  • OPINION: OHIO

    Ohio vote repealing collective bargaining reforms will backfire on unions

    by Bob Williams | November 16, 2011

    On November 8, voters in Ohio overwhelmingly repealed the collective bargaining reforms that were passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  Repealing this reform is bad news for both government employees and taxpayers.  Reality is not negotiable.

  • Editorials

    Ohio vote repealing collective bargaining reforms will backfire on unions

    by Bob Williams | Friday, November 11, 2011

    On November 8, voters in Ohio overwhelmingly repealed the collective bargaining reforms that were passed by the Legislature earlier this year but the election results do not change the fact that public employers in Ohio cannot continue to fund salary and benefit increases as they have in the past.

  • Editorials: NEW YORK

    Governor Cuomo's pension proposal is step in right direction

    by Bob Williams | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Governor Cuomo is taking a first essential step in reforming pensions, but it falls short of fundamental reform because it does not include any structural change. We urge him to go further and adopted a defined contribution pension model for all public employees.

  • Editorials

    Updated: A Real Job Creation Program

    by Bob Williams | Friday, September 9, 2011

    Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions, gives the President a "F" for his speech on September 8, 2011, and explains what the federal government should do to return to the market-based approach which has been the key to the success of our nation.

  • Editorials

    A Real Job Creation Program

    by Bob Williams | Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Our country has lost its success model by assuming a centralized government could solve our economic problems and create jobs.  We need to return to the market-based approach which has been the key to the success of our nation.

  • Editorials: UTAH

    How states should prepare for federal budget cuts

    by Bob Williams | Thursday, September 1, 2011

    By taking following Utah's lead, states can increase the transparency and make necessary plans so that they are prepared to manage whatever funds do or do not come from the federal government.

  • Editorials

    Federal Gas Tax Should be Reduced

    by Bob Williams | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    When the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon expires on September 30, 2011, Congress should lower it to 3 cents per gallon and allow states to raise their own gas taxes.

  • Pensions

    State Pension Update August 26, 2011

    by Bob Williams | August 26, 2011

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