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Joe Barnett

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jbarnett@heartland.org 817-261-7819

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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January 22, 2020
By Joe Barnett
"This case asks whether the Federal Constitution allows the wholesale exclusion of religious schools from scholarship programs."
January 10, 2020
By Joe Barnett
A canvass of 1,000 likely voters by The Heartland Institute, a national free-market think tank, and Rasmussen Reports.
January 8, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Package delivery is the one area where USPS makes money.
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.
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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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

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