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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 ( 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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February 15, 2019
By Tim Benson
State Utilities Would Be Forced To Generate 80 Percent Of Electricity From Renewable Sources By 2045
February 14, 2019
By Tim Benson
Program Is Open To 34 Percent Of New Hampshire Students
February 13, 2019
By Tim Benson
Proposals Would Set Up A 100 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate & A $20 Per Ton Carbon-Dioxide Tax
February 11, 2019
By Tim Benson
Multiple Proposals Introduced Ranging From $6.25 Per Ton To $55 Per Ton
February 4, 2019
By Tim Benson
A federal judge has barred the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) from issuing permits for hydraulic fracturing in U.S. territorial waters off the coast of California.
January 28, 2019
By Tim Benson
Socialism has never been more insanely expensive.
January 17, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Vicki Alger
“No child should be forced to remain in an unsafe education environment.” - Lennie Jarratt
December 19, 2018
By Tim Benson
A study examining six potential carbon dioxide taxes found the levies would depress U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and hamper states’ efforts to improve and maintain critical infrastructure.

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