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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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June 28, 2017
By Tim Benson
USGS, TAMEST Studies Find No Examples Of Groundwater Contamination Due To Fracking
June 26, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, S.T. Karnick, Teresa Mull, Joseph A. Morris, Robert G. Holland, George A. Clowes, John McAdams, Josh Brown, Nick Dranias, Michael Warder
“The Supreme Court once again affirms the free exercise of religion ruling it is unconstitutional to deny a religious institution participation in a state program solely because of its religion.” - Lennie Jarratt
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June 23, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Tim Benson, Frederick D. Palmer
‘It appears these protesters know little about fracking and are seeking only to frighten their neighbors.’ – Isaac Orr
June 22, 2017
By Tim Benson
In his new Netflix series, "Bill Nye Saves the World," the show’s eponymous host asked a group of panelists, including one of the Georgetown professors, “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?”
June 20, 2017
By Tim Benson
Although the idea has been around since the 1990s, education savings accounts (ESAs) are attracting increasing interest among school choice advocates and legislators who want every child to have a quality education.
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June 12, 2017
By Tim Benson
Pipeline Opposition Could Cost 78,000 Jobs, $7.6 Billion In GDP, $4.4. Billion In Labor Income In Northeast By 2020
June 11, 2017
By Tim Benson
Testimony Before the Oregon Senate Education Committee
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June 1, 2017
By Joseph Bast, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Jim Lakely, Tim Benson, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Tom Harris, Craig Idso, Laurence Gould, Thomas Walton, Nick Loris
"It’s been a long time since we had a president who cared as much about real science, energy policy, and the importance of economic growth" - Joseph Bast

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