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Joe Barnett

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Joe Barnett was managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute. He now serves as a volunteer policy advisor.

Prior to joining The Heartland Institute, Barnett worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis for 23 years in various positions, including editor of the NCPA’s Daily Policy Digest, director of publications, and senior research director. While serving in management roles, he conducted original research and authored analyses on many topics, including welfare reform, school reform, health care, federal taxation and spending, and economic growth.

Barnett has edited several public policy books, including the Tax Briefing Book, Lives at Risk: Single-Payer Health Care around the World, and Living with Obamacare. He authored a study of Texas state entitlement reform, Better Off Welfare, that showed the gains in personal income to welfare leavers due to work. He was project and editorial director of the taskforce report, Enterprise Programs: Freeing Entrepreneurs to Provide Essential Services to the Poor, which received a Templeton Freedom Award (2012).

Barnett is a member of the board of the Texas Republican Assembly and a member of the Philadelphia Society.  He has been active in his community, including serving on the library and zoning appeals boards of the city of Arlington, Texas.  He has also served on a number of advisory boards for the Arlington Independent School District.

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 9, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Two telecoms complete a merger expected to speed 5G broadband deployment.
March 30, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Most state governments have accumulated “rainy day” funds (RDF) which they can draw on during unexpected revenue shortfalls.
March 27, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Text of the CARES Act passed by the House (after Senate passage) and signed into law by President Trump.
March 26, 2020
By Joe Barnett
State and local governments Implement Inconsistent Policies on Gun Sales
March 25, 2020
By Joe Barnett
"$340 Billion Surge in Emergency Funding to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak"
March 23, 2020
By Joe Barnett
The Buckeye Institute recommends actions to reduce the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic on Ohio's Economy.
January 22, 2020
By Joe Barnett
"This case asks whether the Federal Constitution allows the wholesale exclusion of religious schools from scholarship programs."
April 26, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The U.S. Economy Grew at a 3.2 Percent Annualized Rate in the First Quarter of 2019, states a preliminary estimate

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