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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 ( 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 16, 2018
By Tim Benson
PISA Scores Rose Moderately After Just 1 Percentage Point Increase In Share Of Private School Student Enrollment
February 16, 2018
By Tim Benson
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now 11 Percent Below 2005 Levels, Primarily Due To Fracking
February 14, 2018
By Tim Benson
Majority Of Those Customizing Child's Education Forgoing Brick-And-Mortar Private Schools
February 14, 2018
By Tim Benson
Allows Qualifying Families To Pay For Tuition At Private And Parochial Schools
February 13, 2018
By Charles Katebi, Tim Benson
Florida is facing an oral care crisis.
January 10, 2018
By Tim Benson
Children in New Hampshire, and all across the country, deserve a chance at education.
January 8, 2018
By Tim Benson
There's a new environmentalist anti-human obsession making trends within their circles.
December 27, 2017
By Tim Benson
Kansas-based Woolsey Energy withdrew its first in the state of Illinois permit application for drilling, citing low commodity prices and Illinois’ burdensome permitting process.

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