Bob Williams

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.

Bob Williams may be contacted by clicking here.



    Special Edition Williams Report July 2, 2014

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 2, 2014

    Welcome to a special edition of the Williams Report! There has been a lot of news this week: an important U.S.Supreme Court decision on unions and the end of the fiscal year in many states have been in the headlines. Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.


    Williams Report - June 23, 2014

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | June 23, 2014

    The latest news from State Budget Solutions, including commentary from Bob Williams. Tweet #SBSBob to talk about state budget and pension headlines throughout the nation.


    Williams Report - June 19, 2014

    by Bob Williams | June 19, 2014

    Welcome to the NEW Williams Report! Take a look at the top headlines from this week, provided by State Budget Solutions. And don't forget to tweet with Bob's signature-- #SBSBob!


    Here's How to Fix New Jersey's Budget and Pension Problems

    by Bob Williams | May 21, 2014

    Gov. Christie is again failing to take responsibility and shifting blame upon former Governors Whitman, McGreevey, Codey and Corzine for neglecting to make yearly contributions to the pension fund. Though Christie acknowledges it is a staggering unfunded liability, he has also failed to cover all of the required contributions.


    Louisiana Should Take Note of Failed Medicaid Policies in Arkansas

    by Bob Williams | April 23, 2014
  • Headlines

    Increased federal aid to states is a long term trend

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams, Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 26, 2014

    State Budget Solutions’ analysis of the latest data shows that, between 2001 and 2012, the percentage of general revenue dollars coming from the federal government increased in 41 states. Click here to see how much your state gets from the feds.


    Defined-contribution plan could curtail pension liability

    by Bob Williams | March 21, 2014

    Chicago needs to find ways to control costs, both in terms of pensions and borrowing. The latter will only increase, as evidenced by the Moody's downgrade, if the city doesn't enact reform.

  • Editorials: PENNSYLVANIA

    Governor Corbett not consistent on pensions

    by Bob Williams | Monday, March 3, 2014

    It is clearly past time for politicians in Harrisburg to stop playing games with public pensions and focus on providing true retirement security for all public employees.


    Governor Otter’s Budget Gimmicks Hurt Idaho

    by Bob Williams | February 20, 2014

    Lawmakers in states across the country are using budget gimmicks and relying on accounting tricks to make their budgets appear balanced. Unfortunately, Idaho is one of those states.


    On pensions, don't betray Oklahoma's public retirees

    by Bob Williams | February 10, 2014

    The devastating effects that a broken defined benefit pension system can have on employees, retirees and their communities is a wake up call. Oklahoma owes it to its hardworking public servants to pursue real pension reform before it is too late.

  • Editorials: WYOMING

    Medicaid Expansion: The Wrong Option for Wyoming

    by Bob Williams | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    The evidence is clear. Medicaid expansion will not improve the health of Wyomans. Nor will Medicaid expansion deliver on the promise of cost savings. For those simple reasons alone, Wyoming should "just say no" to Medicaid expansion.


    Retirement Security is at Risk in Pennsylvania

    by Bob Williams | October 8, 2013

    As the special session of the Pennsylvania legislature gets underway, let's hope that lawmakers will not be misled by overly optimistic assumptions and will instead address Pennsylvania's pension problem with the implementation of a defined contribution plan. The state owes it to those who worked for years assuming their pensions would be there for them when they retired.

  • Headlines: NORTH DAKOTA, UTAH

    The Feds Need To Let Up, And Give To Utah What Is Utah's

    Forbes | by Bob Williams | August 29, 2013

    The federal government still owns one-quarter of the nation's land, the vast majority of which is in western states, where Washington, D.C., owns more than half the land. The cause for concern comes when government reach is too big and too intrusive.

  • Policy Brief: VIRGINIA

    Medicaid Expansion: The Wrong Prescription for Virginia

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | August 16, 2013

    Virginia's Medicaid commission is considering expansion, and this report explains some of the current problems with Medicaid coverage, anticipated problems with accepting Medicaid expansion and discuss alternatives and reforms that will better serve Virginians.


    Hey Chicago Whattya Say? Chapter 9 is on the way?

    State Journal-Register | by Bob Williams | August 7, 2013

    Chicago is a prime example of a city on the brink and, like Detroit, is sinking under the weight of unfunded pension liabilities.


    Michigan: Don't Rush Into Medicaid Expansion

    by Bob Williams | August 1, 2013

    If Medicaid expansion comes to Michigan, however, you can be sure that the health of new recipients will not improve and costs for the failing program will continue to rise.


    Bankruptcy in Detroit: Harsh Reality and Ray of Hope

    by Bob Williams | July 19, 2013

    Struggling municipalities across the country should look to Detroit and learn a valuable lesson; there is not always a bailout on the other end of the overspending rainbow.

  • Editorials

    States Have a Choice in Adopting Common Core Standards for K-12 Education

    by Bob Williams | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Some state governments seem to think that they can reach out with one hand to ask the federal government for money, while wagging a finger with the other hand to scold the feds for intruding into state education policy.

  • Policy Brief

    Financial Incentives Are The "Core" Of New Education Standards

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams, Joe Luppino-Esposito | June 18, 2013

    The implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative is forcing states to determine when a “good offer” becomes an offer that cannot be refused. This report will explain the issues, in terms of both finances and fedearlism, surrounding the adoption of the Commone Core.

  • Editorials: MICHIGAN

    Is Bankruptcy The Right Move for Detroit?

    by Bob Williams | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Detroit is not unique in the nature of its problems, but the scope of Detroit's problem is breathtaking. Detroit's unfunded long-term debt (mostly pensions and retirement benefits) is $14.9 billion. Detroit's debt to asset ratio is 33:1. To give some perspective, General Motor's debt to asset ratio was 20:1 in 2009.

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