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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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March 24, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
Recognizing other states' licenses would remove barriers to employment, says sponsor.
March 16, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a March 2019 lower court decision that blocked Arkansas from implementing a work rule designed to help able-bodied Medicaid enrollees back into the workforce.
March 13, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
Governors, health care providers, and several lawmakers want the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to retract a rule designed to increase transparency in Medicaid spending.
February 26, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved generic versions of pharmaceutical products at a record-setting pace since 2016, but few of the newly certified products are available to patients, according to an analysis by Iqvia.
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.
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.
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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