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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.

Bob Williams may be contacted by clicking here.

 

  • OPINION: WISCONSIN

    Victory in Wisconsin Recall Elections

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 10, 2011

    Republicans won 4 of the 6 seats in the Wisconsin Senate recall elections yesterday in what was a great victory for Wisconsin taxpayers and the Tea Party movement and a big defeat for labor.

  • OPINION: INDIANA

    Indiana has the Formula to Solve State Budget Crisis

    by Bob Williams | July 28, 2011

    The accomplishments of Gov. Daniels should serve as an example to other states who are still struggling with unsustainable budgets.

  • Pensions

    State Pension Update July 27, 2011

    by Bob Williams | July 27, 2011
  • BLOG

    Enough is Enough

    by Bob Williams | July 26, 2011

    Federal spending and the federal debt are on an unsustainable course.  There are no serious plans to balance the budget or address the long-term fiscal problems of the federal government.

  • Collective Bargaining

    Collective Bargaining Update July 26, 2011

    by Bob Williams | July 26, 2011
  • Collective Bargaining

    State Collecitve Bargaining Update July 5, 2011

    by Bob Williams | July 20, 2011
  • Pensions

    State Pension Update July 13, 2011

    by Bob Williams | July 20, 2011
  • OPINION: MINNESOTA

    Statement on Minnesota Budget Deal

    by Bob Williams | July 14, 2011

    State Budget Solutions is very pleased to see that Minnesota Republican Legislators stuck to their principles and refused to raise taxes even though Governor Dayton shut down state government and demanded a tax increase.

  • BLOG: MINNESOTA, CONNECTICUT, IOWA, MASSACHUSETTS , OREGON

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | July 8, 2011

    This week's state budget update from Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions.

  • COLORADO, MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY, SOUTH DAKOTA

    Colorado and Minnesota Pension Lawsuits Dismissed

    by Bob Williams | July 7, 2011

    In Colorado and Minnesota, two judges dismissed court challenges to recent legislation mitigating cost-of-living increases to public worker pensions, ruling that the individual states have the right to reduce pension stipulations within public employee contracts. The two court decisions, both issued on July 7, signal a shift in legal attitude that could have nation-wide repercussions for public pension contracts, previously considered largely untouchable by state and city governments.

  • CONNECTICUT, HAWAII

    Collective Bargaining Update

    by Bob Williams | July 6, 2011

    Hawaii public sector unions clash with governor over collective bargaining and contracts; Connecticut unions ask governor to reopen concessions talks. 

  • OPINION: MINNESOTA

    Statement on the Minnesota Shutdown

    by Bob Williams | July 6, 2011

    It is clearly time for Minnesota Governor Dayton to call a special session and allow the Legislature to pass the balanced budget which he has already vetoed.  The Governor should then sign the budget and end this standoff.  The Governor is causing real pain on the poor and elderly by this government shutdown.

  • CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, IOWA, MASSACHUSETTS , MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE , NEW JERSEY, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, TEXAS

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | July 1, 2011

    This week's state budget update from Bob Williams.

  • BLOG

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | June 24, 2011

    This week's state budget update from Bob Williams.

  • BLOG: FLORIDA, NEW JERSEY, RHODE ISLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Weekly Pension Update

    by Bob Williams | June 23, 2011

    Bob Williams' review of developments in pension legislation and law suits from around the country.

  • BLOG

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | June 17, 2011

    Legislatures are passing budgets, and some governors are vetoing them.  Here's this week's state budget update from Bob Williams.

  • BLOG

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | June 10, 2011

    It is busy season for state budgets as legislators hammer out state spending plans ahead of their June 30th deadline. Here are updates on the state budget action around the nation.

  • BLOG: NEW JERSEY

    Union Rally Update

    by Bob Williams | June 1, 2011

    The number of union rallies has severely dropped across the country. New Jersey closed out the month of May with a lunchtime rally held in Newark last week.

  • BLOG

    Weekly State Budget Update

    by Bob Williams | May 31, 2011

    Lawmakers across the states continue to make the deep cuts needed in order to balance the budgets before the July 1 deadline. Although state budgets are gradually gaining approval, some states might be faced with government shutdowns if compromises are not reached.

  • BLOG: CALIFORNIA, OREGON, MICHIGAN

    Union Rallies Update

    by Bob Williams | May 24, 2011

    Weekly of review of union rallies held around the country.


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