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Jonathan Williams is the Director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Prior to working at ALEC, he worked for the Tax Foundation. He is also the Director of the Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy, a front group that shares the same name as the Tax Foundation's Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy.
To see a complete list of ALEC's staff, visit the the ALEC Staff page.
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According to the ALEC website, "Williams co-authored 'Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index.' Jonathan has been a contributing author to the Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report and has written for the Ash Institute. He is also a contributor to The Examiner and serves as an adjunct fiscal policy fellow at the Kansas Policy Institute. Williams graduated magna cum laude from Northwood University in Midland, Mich., majoring in economics, banking/finance, and business management. While at Northwood, he was the recipient of the prestigious Ludwig von Mises Award in Economics.
He is also listed as a co-author of the "State Budget Toolkit," a manual containing many provisions similar to the austerity measures being implemented in states nation-wide -- many see it as the "road map" or "blue print" for these measures. 
Participation at the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference
Williams partook in the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting, leading a discussion, alongside ALEC "scholar, Stephen Moore, about the 4th Edition of Rich States, Poor States.
Articles and resources
- "PBS Newshour: Wisconsin Public Workers Union Rights Go Head-to-Head with State Budget Woes"
- "Federal Bailout of the States -- Jonathan Williams of ALEC on FOX Business News"
- "Jonathan Williams"
- "Rich States, Poor States 3rd Edition"
Related SourceWatch articles
- [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Receptions, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
- "State Tax and Spending Policy" Tax Foundation. TaxFoundation.org. Accessed Aug. 16, 2011.
- American Legislative Exchange Council.Meet Our Staff. Organizational website. Accessed May 25, 2011.
- Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Rich States, Poor States: Mackinac Center hosts economist, author Jonathan Williams. Oct. 19, 2010.
- American Legislative Exchange Council. State Budget Reform Toolkit. Organizational website. Accessed July 8, 2011.
- [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Task Force Meetings, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
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