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Joe Barnett

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jbarnett@heartland.org 817-261-7819

Joe Barnett is a research fellow and 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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March 6, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Like a train wreck in slow motion, the Illinois General Assembly is moving to fulfill Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s campaign promise to increase the statewide minimum wage to $10, $12 and then $15 per hour over the next few years.
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March 5, 2019
By Joe Barnett
When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., proposed a 70% rate on personal income of more than $10 million, one could easily anticipate this was just the beginning of the calls to soak the rich.
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February 20, 2019
By S.T. Karnick, Joe Barnett
“State and local governments have increasingly been using fines and asset forfeiture to pad their budgets without imposing taxes directly. It is a cowardly and unconstitutional way to raise money while dodging responsibility for it.” - S.T. Karnick
February 19, 2019
By Joe Barnett
States are imposing taxes and fees that raise the cost of gun ownership
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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