FOUNDER

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President

Lew Uhler is founder and President of the National Tax Limitation Committee and Foundation, among the Nation’s leading grassroots taxpayer organizations.

With offices in the Sacramento Area (Roseville) and Washington, DC, NTLC works with the White House, Members of Congress, legislators in states across the Nation and grassroots organizations to limit state and federal spending through legal restrictions and constitutional change. Uhler has been at the forefront of the national movements for a Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

Uhler has written numerous articles and opinion pieces on taxes and spending.  In 2017 Uhler co-authored with Peter Ferrara and Joe Bast, in collaboration with the Heartland Institute, the book Roadmap for the 21st Century.  In 2010, Uhler co-authored with Erick Erickson the book Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America. Uhler also wrote the book, Setting Limits: Constitutional Control of Government, with foreword by Milton Friedman, published in 1989. Uhler speaks internationally on fiscal issues and has appeared on numerous national, regional and local television and radio programs and has been widely quoted in the print media.

In 1968, then-Governor Ronald Reagan selected Uhler to serve on the California Law Revision Commission. In 1970, Reagan designated Uhler as the Governor’s State Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Subsequently, Uhler served in Reagan’s cabinet as Assistant Secretary of the Health & Welfare Agency. In 1972, Governor Reagan asked Uhler to organize and serve as Chairman of the Governor’s Tax Reduction Task Force. With the assistance of a nationwide panel of advisors (including Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman and James Buchanan), the task force developed California’s landmark Revenue Control and Limitation Act, which became a model for tax-expenditure limitation measures in many states.

In 1990, Uhler was co-author of Proposition 140, California’s pioneering state term limit initiative. Under Uhler’s leadership, NTLC has forged coalitions, including “Americans for Responsible Privatization,” the “Council for Retirement Security” and more recently the “Tax Cut Working Group” in Washington, which Uhler chairs with Jim Martin (60 Plus Association) and Dan Mitchell (Heritage Foundation). In 1996, Uhler participated in a symposium at the Vatican on “The Family and the Economy in the Future of Society” to explore private alternatives to welfare states worldwide.

Uhler is a native Californian, a graduate of Yale University and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the California Bar. He and his wife, Cynthia, have four grown sons and reside in the Sacramento area.  Concurrently with his fiscal policy work, Uhler has been active in land development in northern California.

 

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Works By Lewis K. Uhler

Red State Uprising

The Future of California:  A Much Redder Hue

How to stop wasteful spending after Tuesday’s election

THE PARTY OF “NO” MUST DE-FUND, BUT CAREFULLY

A New Vision for America: Reducing Government to its Right Size

Constitutional Spending Control Can Facilitate Tax Reform

UNCERTAINTIES CRIPPLING AMERICA – AND WORLD – ECONOMIC RECOVERY

CONVERTING THE BAILOUT TO A “HONEY POT” STILL MISSES THE MARK

We have met the enemy, and he is us…Pogo

Comments on the death of the Death Tax

Optimal, ‘Right’ Size of Government Provides New Political Paradigm

NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM: AN “OPTIMAL-SIZED” GOVERNMENT

REDUCING GOVERNMENT TO ITS RIGHT SIZE

A NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM – THE RIGHT SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Privatize the Gains Socialize the Losses

Lew Uhler on Health Care Legislation