Jonathan Williams

Chief Economist and Vice President, Center for State Fiscal Reform

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Biography

Jonathan Williams is the Chief Economist and Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state policymakers, congressional leaders and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutions for the states. Williams also co-authors Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic State Competitiveness Index with Reagan economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. Prior to joining ALEC, Williams served as staff economist at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies.

Williams’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Investor’s Business Daily. He is a contributing columnist to Tax Analysts, the leading provider of tax news and analysis for the global community. He has written for the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Williams was a contributing author of In Defense of Capitalism (Northwood University Press).

Williams has testified before numerous legislative bodies and spoken to audiences across America. He is frequent guest on talk radio shows and has appeared on numerous television outlets, including the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox Business News and Bloomberg News. Williams was also the recipient of the prestigious Ludwig von Mises Award in Economics.

Williams has visited all 50 states and regularly travels more than 100,000 miles a year. While on the road, he is a connoisseur of local and regional food across the state capitals.

Task Force Memberships

  • Tax and Fiscal Policy - Staff
  • Authored Articles

    Iowans Deserve Property Tax Relief
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    Authored Publications

    • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018 image

      Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018

      Unfunded liabilities in public pension plans continue to loom over state governments nationwide. If net pension assets are determined using more realistic investment return assumptions, pension funding gaps are significantly …

    • Rich States, Poor States, 11th edition image

      Rich States, Poor States, 11th edition

      The 11th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2018. The 11th edition of Rich States, Poor States is characterized …

    • Written Testimony to North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee, 9/6/18 image

      Written Testimony to North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee, 9/6/18

      Written Testimony from the Center for State Fiscal Reform given to the North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee concerning evidence on state income taxes and economic competitiveness.   …

    • State Bonded Obligations, 2018 image

      State Bonded Obligations, 2018

      States issue a diverse array of bonded obligations, with a range of obligation strength, revenue sources, debt service schedules, and other factors. This study collects and analyzes the bonded obligations …

    • State of the States: An Analysis of the 2018 Governors’ Addresses image

      State of the States: An Analysis of the 2018 Governors’ Addresses

      The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within. The publications also explore each states …

    • Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 image

      Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017

      Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits. Controlling for differences in …

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