Archives: Jonathan Williams / Publications

Archives: Jonathan Williams / Publications

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    Balancing State & Local Power

    Our Founding Fathers outlined their vision of how the government should be structured in the Federalist Papers and later enshrined it in the U.S. Constitution, hoping their design allowed each…

  • The ALEC Index of State Education Freedom: A 50-State Guide to Parental Empowerment image

    The ALEC Index of State Education Freedom: A 50-State Guide to Parental Empowerment

    For nearly 25 years, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has published the Report Card on American Education, ranking the states based on a variety of performance indicators in K-12…

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 7th Edition image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 7th Edition

    Unfunded state pension liabilities total $6.96 trillion or just under $21,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. As noted in this report last year, the total…

  • Rich States, Poor States 16th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States 16th Edition

    The 16th edition of ALEC’s Rich States Poor States features an evaluation of each independent state and key areas of policy in that state to better understand its economic trajectory.

  • TABOR Turns 30: Thirty Years of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights image

    TABOR Turns 30: Thirty Years of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

    What States Can Learn from the Gold Standard for State Spending Control

  • State Bonded Obligations, 4th Edition image

    State Bonded Obligations, 4th Edition

    State governments borrow for a myriad of reasons and issue various types of bonded obligations. Today, their total bonded liabilities exceed $1.23 trillion, representing just over $3,700 per person nationally.

  • Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 5th Edition image

    Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 5th Edition

    Unfunded state Other Post-Employment Benefit liabilities total $959 billion or $3,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 6th Edition image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 6th Edition

    Unfunded state pension liabilities total $8.28 trillion or just under $25,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

  • Rich States, Poor States 15th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States 15th Edition

    The 15th edition of ALEC’s Rich States Poor States features an evaluation of each independent state and key areas of policy in that state to better understand its economic trajectory.

  • 2021 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom, Grading America’s Governors image

    2021 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom, Grading America’s Governors

    Who are the best governors in America? States have long been incubators of policy innovation. In that context, Governors, even those overseeing historically disadvantaged states or cooperating with unwilling legislatures,…

  • State Bonded Obligations, 2020 image

    State Bonded Obligations, 2020

    State governments borrow for a myriad of reasons and issue various types of bonded obligations. Today, their total bonded liabilities exceed $1.25 trillion, representing just over $3,800 per person nationally.

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 2020 image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable, 2020

    Our latest edition of this report finds that unfunded state pension liabilities total $5.82 trillion or $17,748 for every man, woman and child in the United States. State governments are…

  • Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2020 image

    Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2020

    The Continuing Need for OPEB Reform

  • State Tax Cut Roundup, 2020 image

    State Tax Cut Roundup, 2020

    The 2020 state legislative sessions ended with four states enacting substantial tax relief for their citizens that was sufficient to qualify for State Tax Cut Roundup. The COVID-19 pandemic made…

  • Rich States, Poor States 14th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States 14th Edition

    The new edition finds that even through the pandemic, states with policies such as low or no income taxes and worker freedom are more economically competitive and better positioned for…

  • Rich States, Poor States 13th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States 13th Edition

    In this 13th edition of Rich States, Poor States, White House Advisors Dr. Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore and ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist Jonathan…

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2019 image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2019

    Unfunded state pension liabilities total $4.9 trillion or $15,080 for every man, woman and child in the United States. State governments are often obligated, by contract and state constitutional law,…

  • State Tax Cut Roundup, 2019 image

    State Tax Cut Roundup, 2019

    The 2019 state legislative sessions ended with six states enacting substantial tax relief for their citizens that was sufficient to qualify for State Tax Cut Roundup. Of the six states…

  • State Bonded Obligations, 2019 image

    State Bonded Obligations, 2019

    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…

  • Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2019 image

    Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2019

    The Continuing Need for OPEB Reform