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Joe Barnett

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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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April 15, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Oregon, taking a bold page out of the progressive playbook, recently became the first state to enact mandatory rent control. Unfortunately, the measure does nothing to address the underlying cause of the state’s housing crisis.
April 1, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Child Safety Accounts would allow parents to move their children to a safer school.
March 20, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The United States has the strongest intellectual property protections in the world
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.
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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