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Arianna Wilkerson

Arianna Wilkerson worked in government relations at The Heartland Institute from 2017 - 2019.

Arianna Wilkerson was a state government relations manager 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. She left Heartland for another professional opportunity in June 2019.

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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May 17, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
New report reveals that major cities' finances are deeper in the red than previously thought. High spending and high taxes continue to drive businesses and residents out of these cities, and the debt time bomb ticks on.
May 10, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Heartland's Child Safety Accounts proposal may soon become law in the nation's capitol. Tragic shootings and chronic bullying at schools necessitate school choice.
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May 3, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Two school choice bills are soon to become law in Florida and Tennessee.
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April 26, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
States are moving to repeal their certificate of need laws, which make it difficult for providers to offer new or additional medical services or facilities. CON laws increase health care costs and reduce quality.
April 26, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Arianna Wilkerson, Tim Benson
“The Tennessee Senate made a statement with the passage of a second ESA program, declaring education access for all students is more important than state dictates and local monopolistic district control.” - Lennie Jarratt
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April 26, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Environmental activist groups have petitioned California’s new insurance commissioner to require insurance companies to publicly disclose their investments in fossil fuel-related companies and any fossil fuel projects they underwrite or insure.
March 8, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
A bill introduced in the Connecticut legislature would mandate climate change be taught to young children in government schools statewide.
June 23, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson, Lennie Jarratt
To reduce school violence, we must address its actual cause.
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