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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

 

  • 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.

  • BLOG: WISCONSIN

    Victory for individual worker rights in Wisconsin

    by Bob Williams | March 10, 2011

    The Wisconsin Assembly passed collective bargaining reform and sent the bill to the Governor. This is a major victory both for individual government employees, who are no longer are forced to join a union in order to work for the state or local government, and also for taxpayers.

  • BLOG: NEW YORK, IDAHO, MASSACHUSETTS

    Past Budget Woes Limit Today's Options

    by Bob Williams | March 10, 2011

    The recession continues to haunt state legislators as they attempt to balance growing demands for state services with stagnant revenues.

  • BLOG

    UPDATED: Why private sector unions are much different than government unions

    by Bob Williams | March 7, 2011

    President Roosevelt once said, "The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted in the public service."  There are fundamental differences between private-sector unions and government unions.  Understanding those differences is key to understanding the public sector union issues in many states.

  • BLOG: OHIO, WISCONSIN

    Bargaining for a Solution

    by Bob Williams | March 3, 2011

    With pension liabilities and health care benefits out of control and unions asking for more, states are finally taking action. Here's a look at some of the effort-within and beyond Wisconsin-that are underway.

  • WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS

    The Writing on the Wall

    by Bob Williams | February 24, 2011

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's pursuit of reform in public employee compensation incited a vitriolic response from public unions and a de facto boycott by the Democrats in the state legislature. Amidst the political drama and the flashing headlines, there are lessons to be learned.

  • Solutions

    ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit

    The American Legislative Exchange Council | by Jonathan Williams, Bob Williams, Leroy Gilroy | February 21, 2011

    ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit will advance a set of budget and procurement best practices to guide state policymakers as they work to solve the current budget shortfalls. SBS President Bob Williams was one of the authors of the toolkit, which assists legislators in prioritizing and more efficiently delivering core government services.

  • BLOG: WISCONSIN

    Why Governor Walker should not negotiate with the government unions

    by Bob Williams | February 20, 2011

    The reasons why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker should refuse to negotiation with unions range from their attempts to push more generous contracts through a lame-duck legislature to teachers' demands for Viagra despite 480 of the colleagues being laid off.

  • BLOG: WISCONSIN

    Why private-sector unions are much different than government unions

    by Bob Williams | February 19, 2011

    The dispute in Wisconsin is not a traditional private sector dispute between labor and management. It is in reality a question of important public policy –can states afford past unsustainable agreements for government employees salaries and benefits.

  • BLOG: ILLINOIS, OKLAHOMA, WISCONSIN

    Sharing the Load

    by Bob Williams | February 18, 2011

    Now, when nearly every state is tottering on the edge of a fiscal cliff as they try to balance their budgets, public sector workers are being forced to shoulder a share of the financial burden.

  • BLOG

    State Stimulus Funding - Nicotine from the Feds

    by Bob Williams | February 17, 2011

    Past federal stimulus funds to the states turned into "nicotine" for the states governments because the funds led to short-term, higher state government spending that the states can no longer sustain.

  • BLOG: MINNESOTA, OREGON, WASHINGTON, MARYLAND

    Dayton's move to raise income tax ill-advised

    by Bob Williams | February 16, 2011

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's move to raise the state income tax to be the highest in the nation ignores the fact that recent similar efforts have not been successful.

  • BLOG: WISCONSIN, OHIO, ILLINOIS, FLORIDA

    New Sherriff in Town

    by Bob Williams | February 11, 2011

    Someone should tell the unions (in Wisconsin, at least) that there is a new sheriff in town.  And he's not afraid to call in the National Guard to quell unrest among state employees.


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