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Joe Barnett

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Joe Barnett is managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute

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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September 20, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Among the constitutional issues raised by the use of these cameras is the potential violation of the Sixth Amendment.
September 17, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Congress just gave us 1.7 trillion more reasons why a Convention of States could be our last, best hope to stop the out-of-control, debt-financed federal spending machine.
August 13, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Government paternalism consists not only of giving people things they didn’t pay for, but also in preventing people from making decisions that, in the benevolent judgment of superintending bureaucrats, aren’t in their best interest.
July 18, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Gov. Matt Bevin is proposing to allow regional universities and quasi-state agencies to reduce their future pension costs.
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
January 18, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Over half of labor union members live in just seven states.
November 28, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Institute for Justice argues civil asset forfeiture law violates Constitution
November 2, 2018
By Joe Barnett
DOJ reverses a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice Opinion that the Wire Act applies only to betting on sporting events.

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