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.

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Authored Publications

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know image

    Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know

    Hardworking individual and business taxpayers deserve protection from out-of-state tax collectors and regulators.

  • State Tax Cut Roundup 2017 image

    State Tax Cut Roundup 2017

    The 2017 legislative session ended with nine states enacting changes to their tax codes sufficient to qualify for State Tax Cut Roundup. Each state provided substantial tax relief for their …

  • State of the States 2017 image

    State of the States 2017

    In 2017, 50 governors across America delivered State of the State or other policy addresses. These speeches included numerous economic policy proposals that will affect the states’ economic competitiveness. This …

  • Rich States, Poor States, 10th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 10th Edition

    The 10th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2017. Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements …

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