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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 (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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October 17, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
“The Heartland Institute’s strike vouchers and education choice reforms need to be implemented immediately.” - Lennie Jarratt
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October 17, 2019
By Tim Benson
Over Half Of West Virginia Teachers Missed At Least 10 Days Of School For Four Consecutive Years
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October 15, 2019
By Tim Benson
22 Percent Per Capita Reduction In The Bakken Region
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September 30, 2019
By Tim Benson
Costs Would Be Sizeable, Environmental Benefits Modest Or Negative
September 19, 2019
By Tim Benson
Over 99.9 Percent Of Over 20,000 Groundwater Samples Come Back Free Of Methane
September 17, 2019
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
"This move by the administration just ensures that the climate zealots in the California Legislature don’t get to dictate policy to the rest of the country.” - Tim Benson
August 27, 2019
By Tim Benson
Active-duty military service members and their spouses overwhelmingly support school choice options such as education savings accounts (ESA), a recent survey found.
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August 7, 2019
By Tim Benson
Keynote speakers at ICCC 13 said the high costs of policies proposed to fight climate change weren't justified by a scientific understanding of the purported risks.

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