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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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January 17, 2020
By Tim Benson
Program Would Also Be Open To Children In Foster Care And The Children Of Active Duty Military Members
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January 16, 2020
By Tim Benson
Massive Plan Would Cause Serious Environmental And Ecological Harm
January 13, 2020
By Tim Benson
ESA Students Come From "Higher Poverty" Districts At Near-Identical Rates As Traditional Neighborhood Public Schools
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January 13, 2020
By Tim Benson
Cap-And-Trade Scheme Would Substantially Increase Gasoline Prices, Cause Economic Harm To Low-Income Virginians
December 19, 2019
By Tim Benson
Recent reports show lower energy prices due to fracking have saved businesses, consumers, and homeowners more than $1 trillion over the past decade.
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

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