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Tim Benson

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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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September 20, 2017
By Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
Strike Vouchers Make Sure As Many Children As Possible Are Freed From Outside Forces Controlling Their Education
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September 15, 2017
By Tim Benson
Precedent, Advisory Opinions Leave "No Doubt" Of ESA Constitutionality
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September 14, 2017
By Tim Benson
Approximately 10,000 Open Seats Available In Mississippi Private Schools
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September 7, 2017
By Tim Benson
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act by requiring companies to replace hydrofluorocarbons with other substances to fight climate change.
September 5, 2017
By Tim Benson
Fewer Than Half of Closure Students End Up In Higher-Performing Schools
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August 29, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Arianna Wilkerson, Justin Haskins
"Illinois lawmakers will continue to fight over education funding until they learn to focus on students and not the school districts and teachers’ pension funds." - Lennie Jarratt
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July 25, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Bette Grande, James M. Taylor, James H. Rust, Tom Sheahen, Michelle Smith, Mischa Popoff
‘All praise to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump for reversing the Obama administration’s anti-fossil fuels, anti-fracking rule on lands of the United States.’ – Fred Palmer
July 13, 2017
By Tim Benson
Emanuel, like Daley before him, will end up getting exactly what he wants: to take a victory lap and be feted for being an enlightened, progressive environmental steward, and to have no one notice when it all turns out to be a sham.

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