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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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August 16, 2019
By Tim Benson
ESA Program Saves Taxpayer Dollars, Increases Public-School Spending By $600 Per Participating Child
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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.
August 2, 2019
By Tim Benson
Several New Studies Show Successes of Milwaukee’s School Voucher Program
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July 31, 2019
By Tim Benson
74 Percent Favor ESA Program, 64 Percent Favor Tax-Credit Scholarships
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July 29, 2019
By Tim Benson
Program Participants More Likely To Attend, Graduate From Four-Year Colleges Than Public School Peers
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June 19, 2019
By James Taylor, Tim Benson, H. Sterling Burnett, Anthony Watts, Eric Eisenhammer, Isaac Orr, Bette Grande, Paul Driessen, Tom Harris
“This new EPA rule demonstrates that draconian government impediments are not necessary for sound environmental stewardship.” - James Taylor
May 8, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Tim Benson, Vicki Alger, Lennie Jarratt
“It is long overdue that parents in one of the most dangerous school districts in America are provided a safe education choice, and Child Safety Accounts can make that possible.” - Tim Huelskamp
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April 26, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Arianna Wilkerson, Tim Benson
“The Tennessee Senate made a statement with the passage of a second ESA program, declaring education access for all students is more important than state dictates and local monopolistic district control.” - Lennie Jarratt
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