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John Nothdurft

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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.

John Nothdurft (john@heartland.org) joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named Government Relations Director in November 2010.

Nothdurft's responsibilities include managing the Government Relations Department staff and tracking their performance; interacting with elected officials and staff; tracking new legislation; and drafting responses to emerging issues via talking points, news releases, and op-ed pieces, with the goal of educating legislators and informing them about free-market ideas.

Nothdurft is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, and he has testified before multiple state legislatures on a wide range of issues. His work has been published in scores of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Detroit News, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Prior to joining Heartland, Nothdurft was the national press coordinator for Americans for Fair Taxation, one of the largest grassroots tax-reform organizations in the country. While working for FairTax, he managed the media relations efforts and played a central role in organizing a 25-stop Iowa bus tour leading up to the 2006 Iowa Straw Poll. This work led to National Review characterizing the organization’s impact as being the biggest success story of the 2008 Republican primary season.”

Born in Marietta, Georgia, Nothdurft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Mississippi.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 18, 2017
By John Nothdurft
States and municipalities looking to increase revenues are increasingly turning to “sin taxes” on everything from sugary drinks to cigarettes.
March 30, 2017
By John Nothdurft, Matthew Glans
Montana is considering a massive $1.50-per-pack increase on cigarettes and an increase on other tobacco products including vapor products.
December 29, 2016
By John Nothdurft
With 2016 coming to a close, most state lawmakers heading back to their state capitols to tackle many important issues. Highlighted below are some of the biggest problems facing the states.
December 7, 2016
By H. Sterling Burnett, Jay Lehr, John Nothdurft, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Christopher Essex, Isaac Orr, Marc Morano
"One small appointment for Trump, one giant leap for environmental sanity." - H. Sterling Burnett
July 13, 2016
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, John Nothdurft
Heartland Institute Experts React to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s LawsuitAgainst Charter SchoolsThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi, alleging its funding of charter schools is
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June 21, 2016
By Matthew Glans, John Nothdurft
South Carolina lawmakers have undertaken reforms to address some of the serious issues with their state’s pension system, but major changes are still needed to prevent future budget problems.
May 31, 2016
By John Nothdurft
It would have been imprudent for the West Virginia Legislature to raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, as those tax hikes would fall disproportionately on lower-income residents at a time when they are already struggling.
March 11, 2016
By John Nothdurft, Matthew Glans
The debate over Tennessee’s Hall tax has generated several new pieces of legislation that would eliminate, lower, or narrow the scope of this 87-year-old tax on income from investments.

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