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Arianna Wilkerson

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Arianna Wilkerson works in government relations at The Heartland Institute.

Arianna Wilkerson is the government relations coordinator at The Heartland Institute. A former Heartland intern, Wilkerson began her career in 2016 as the organization’s marketing coordinator before transferring to the government relations department in the summer of 2017.

Wilkerson is an Illinois native who received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

Recent Articles and Publications

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March 22, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
In this Research & Commentary, Arianna Wilkerson examines legislation in New Jersey to impose a state individual mandate, forcing residents to either obtain health coverage or incur a tax penalty.
March 16, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
In this Research & Commentary, Arianna Wilkerson examines legislation in Maryland that would reimpose the individual mandate on its uninsured population, an Obamacare provision recently repealed on the federal level.
March 2, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
Proposals in Iowa would allow organizations to offer cheap health benefit plans to their members.
February 13, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
On February 13, 2018, Arianna Wilkerson testified before Maryland state delegates in support of a bill that would enact a right-to-work law.
August 29, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Arianna Wilkerson, Justin Haskins
"Illinois lawmakers will continue to fight over education funding until they learn to focus on students and not the school districts and teachers’ pension funds." - Lennie Jarratt
July 27, 2017
By Arianna Wilkerson
The planning convention would lay the groundwork for an amendment convention in the future.
July 14, 2017
By Arianna Wilkerson
The next generation of leaders is fed up with Obamacare.
June 5, 2017
By Arianna Wilkerson
Approval could result in the first major rollback of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

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