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Matthew Glans

Matthew Glans joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in November 2007 as legislative specialist for insurance and finance. In 2012, Glans was named senior policy analyst.

Glans' responsibilities include interacting with elected officials and staff on a variety of issues; 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. 

He is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Glans is the co-author of The Heartland Institute’s “Ten Principles of Property and Casualty Insurance Regulation” booklet and a Policy Brief on credit scoring in Washington State.

Glans earned a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bradley University. Before coming to Heartland, Glans worked for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in its legislative affairs office in Springfield.

Recent Articles and Publications

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October 20, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines the failure of Philadelphia and Cook County's soda taxes and why such a tax is unlikely to raise the revenue supporters expect.
October 20, 2017
By Matthew Glans, Lindsey Stroud
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans and Lindsey Stroud examine ways states can reform medical licensing standards.
October 19, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines occupational licensing and a proposed reform plan in Nebraska.
October 13, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture and the potential for reform in Virginia.
September 19, 2017
By Matthew Glans
Voters in South Dakota may soon be considering a new proposal to dramatically increase the state’s tobacco tax.
August 31, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Matthew Glans, Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, John A. Tatom, Scott H. Richardson, Gary Wolfram
"The work requirements as originally enacted into law benefitted everybody: the poor and taxpayers." - Peter Ferrara
June 22, 2017
By Matthew Glans, Jeff Stier, John Dale Dunn
"Treating e-cigarettes like cigarettes can’t possibly lower exposure to secondhand smoke, because there is no secondhand smoke from e-cigarettes." - Jeff Stier
June 15, 2017
By Matthew Glans, H. Sterling Burnett, Jesse Hathaway
"One small step for legislative responsibility, one giant leap for constitutional restraints on executive authority in Wisconsin." - H. Sterling Burnett

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