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Tim Benson

Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

Tim Benson (tbenson@heartland.org) joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

His responsibilities include interacting with elected officials and staff on a variety of issues; tracking state legislative trends; 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.

Prior to joining Heartland, Benson worked for the Foundation for Government Accountability as an editor and writer. He also authored a regular column for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, served as one of the directors of a multinational smartphone app, and worked as field director on a U.S. congressional campaign. His work has appeared in The Hill, The Washington Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, The American Spectator, Real Clear Policy, and many other publications across the country. He is also the co-author of the Heartland Policy Brief  “Saving Chicago Students: Strike Vouchers and SOS Accounts.”

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Benson attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. His 16 years of living in the Sunshine State have left him wary of facing the harsh Chicago winters, while his 14 years of living in New Jersey have left him wary of eating Chicago-style pizza.

Recent Articles and Publications

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November 26, 2019
By Vicki Alger, Tim Benson
Students should not have to wait years or become victims of violent crime before their parents are allowed to transfer them to safer schools.
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November 21, 2019
By Tim Benson
Increased Shale Development Led To $900 In Annual Savings To Every American Family
November 21, 2019
By Tim Benson
Minimal Impact From On Big Sky Country From Climate Change, Mostly Beneficial
November 19, 2019
By Tim Benson
Roughly Six In Ten Rhode Island Students Below Grade Level In Math And Reading
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November 11, 2019
By Tim Benson
Florida teachers are adequately compensated, State legislators should look for other, truly effective ways to improve school outcomes.
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October 17, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
“The Heartland Institute’s strike vouchers and education choice reforms need to be implemented immediately.” - Lennie Jarratt
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September 17, 2019
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
"This move by the administration just ensures that the climate zealots in the California Legislature don’t get to dictate policy to the rest of the country.” - Tim Benson
August 27, 2019
By Tim Benson
Active-duty military service members and their spouses overwhelmingly support school choice options such as education savings accounts (ESA), a recent survey found.
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