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State Budget Reform Toolkit

Leonard Gilroy and Jonathan Williams
January 25, 2011

Today, states face structural deficits created by overspending. Most of the legislative "fixes" over the past few years for state budget gaps have merely postponed or obscured the problems rather than addressing them directly.

The State Budget Reform Toolkit—a joint project of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Reason Foundation, Americans for Tax Reform, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Washington Policy Center, Evergreen Freedom Foundation and State Budget Solutions—offers a practical set of budget and procurement best practices to guide state policymakers as they work to solve the current budget shortfalls, assisting legislators in prioritizing and more efficiently delivering core government services through advancing Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.

Topics covered in the State Budget Reform Toolkit include:


Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

Jonathan Williams is Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force

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