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Jesse Hathaway

Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.

Hathaway is the former managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.

Before joining Heartland, Hathaway worked for Media Trackers, a conservative non-profit news organization founded by American Majority. His investigative research was featured in local, state, and national publications including The Daily CallerDrudge Report, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

As a research fellow with Heartland’s Center on Budgets and Taxes, Hathaway worked to promote freedom in statehouses across the country, working with lawmakers and community members to promote free-market solutions to economic and social problems. For example, Hathaway’s work on civil asset forfeiture reform in Nebraska and Wisconsin resulted in the creation of new laws protecting individuals’ property rights in those state.

Hathaway’s op-eds arguing for free markets and free people have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and websites, including the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Caller, Politico, The Hill, USA Today, Washington Examiner, and the Washington Times.

Hathaway served as an expert for the American Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education program, educating aspiring and current lawyers about the peer-to-peer economy and how lawmakers should regulate and tax entrepreneurs in the “sharing-economy” industry.

Recent Articles and Publications

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November 12, 2019
By Jesse Hathaway
The bill continuing resolution gave Congress more time to reach an agreement on federal spending for fiscal year 2020, which began October 1.
November 15, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently introduced legislation meant to coerce Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and other CEOs into enhancing the benefits and wages of their employees.
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September 19, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
This summer, youth employment reached its highest rate since 1966, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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June 21, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway, Nick Dranias, David L. Applegate, Charles N. Steele, John A. Tatom
“States preferring to collect taxes from business owners in other states, unable to vote on those policies or benefit from the confiscated revenue, are the real winners in this case.” - Jesse Hathaway
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August 16, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
This testimony, Jesse Hathaway discusses prevailing-wage laws, and how they force taxpayers to pay more for construction work than is necessary— and all without increasing the marginal quality of work.
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May 30, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
In this testimony before the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform Jesse Hathaway discusses civil asset forfeiture and how Wisconsin could lead the national in positive forfeiture reform.
April 5, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
In this testimony before the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, Jesse Hathaway discusses a training wage proposal and the advantages it could create for young workers.
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January 10, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
In this testimony, Jesse Hathaway discusses how civil asset forfeiture reform will help Indiana lead the nation in criminal justice reform and set an example states can use to implement similar reforms.

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