On Wednesday, September 14, the Rio Grande Foundation will be hosting a luncheon with Jonathan Williams, director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Williams will be discussing the book "Rich States, Poor States," which he co-authored with Art Laffer, the father of the "Laffer Curve" and Stephen Moore, who serves on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.
ALEC is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, individual membership association of state legislators, with 2,000 legislative members across the nation.
The event will be held from noon to 1:00PM on September 14th at the Marriott Pyramid which is located at 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Cost of the event is $30 if reservations are made by September 7th. Reservations can be made online, via check, or at the door the day of the event. Price will be $40 if the reservation is made after September 7th. Call us at 505-264-6090 with any questions. Checks can be mailed to us at: PO Box 40336, Albuquerque, NM 87196.
About the event:
Bloated state spending levels and trillions of dollars in unfunded government employee pension liabilities pose huge financial obstacles to economic recovery in the 50 states today. This begs the million – or trillion – dollar question: Why are some states prospering while others are still struggling.
In the fourth edition of "Rich States, Poor States," Jonathan Williams and the his co-authors discuss the best practices to enable states to drive economic growth, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for their citizens.
According to the report, New Mexico has performed well in recent years, ranking 5th in economic performance. But the economic outlook is cloudy for the Land of Enchantment with a ranking of 39th. Williams will explain this and how New Mexico can improve its economic outlook in his talk.
About the speaker:
Jonathan Williams is the director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state legislators and the private sector to develop free-market fiscal policy solutions in the states. Prior to joining ALEC, Jonathan served as staff economist at the non-partisan Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies.
His work has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Investor's Business Daily.
In addition to testifying before numerous legislative bodies and speaking to audiences across America, Williams is a popular guest on talk radio shows and has appeared on numerous television outlets, including The Glenn Beck Program and Fox Business News. A Mid-Michigan native, Williams graduated magna cum laude from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, majoring in economics, banking/finance, and business management. While at Northwood, he was the recipient of the prestigious Ludwig von Mises Award in Economics.