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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 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. He is also the host of the Heartland Institute Podcast Ill Literacy: Books with Benson.

His Government Relations responsibilities include interacting with elected officials and staff on a variety of issues; tracking state legislative trends; and drafting responses to emerging issues via Research & Commentaries, tip sheets, and op-ed pieces, with the goal of educating legislators and informing them about free-market ideas. He has also provided in-person and written legislative testimony in many states.

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. His work has appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, National Review Online, The HillThe Washington Examiner, The Washington TimesThe Miami HeraldThe FederalistCrain’s Chicago BusinessThe American SpectatorReal Clear Policy, and many other publications across the country.

He is also the co-author of the book Child Safety Accounts: Combating Student Bullying and School Violence by Empowering Parents with Vicki Alger and Lennie Jarratt, and author or co-author of several Heartland Policy Briefs, including “Child Safety Accounts: Protecting Our Children through Parental Freedom,” “ Debunking Four Persistent Myths About Hydraulic Fracturing,” “Education Savings Accounts: The Future of School Choice Has Arrived,” and “Saving Chicago Students: Strike Vouchers and SOS Accounts.”

Benson lives in South Florida.

Recent Articles and Publications

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June 22, 2022
By Tim Benson
Program Would Be Open To All Arizona K-12 Students
June 15, 2022
By Tim Benson
Testimony Before the South Carolina Senate Education Conference Committee Regarding S 935
June 6, 2022
By Tim Benson
Accounts Would Be Provided To Children From Districts That Require Face Masks Or Do Not Offer In-Person Instruction
May 30, 2022
By Tim Benson
Safety Incidents Down 17 Percent Since 2017
April 7, 2022
By H. Sterling Burnett, James Taylor, Linnea Lueken, Tim Benson, Anthony Watts
‘The IPCC has been scandalously wrong regarding virtually all of their past predictions. There is no reason to believe this version will be any more accurate.’
January 26, 2021
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Anthony Watts
‘Has there ever been a president who has destroyed more blue-collar jobs at the flick of his wrist at the start of his term than Scranton Joe?’
August 17, 2020
By H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
'The Trump administration is finally making good on the promise made by President Jimmy Carter.'
August 6, 2020
By Anthony Watts, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
‘There is a safety benefit in keeping the pipeline open, because rail transport is far more accident-prone than a pipeline.’

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