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Tim Benson

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TBenson@heartland.org 312-377-4000

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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June 14, 2018
By Tim Benson
Committee Should Shift Funding Formula To Child-Centric Model
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June 11, 2018
By Tim Benson, Jane S. Shaw
Bill Streamlines And Simplifies Student Aid, Seeks To Promote Access And Completion
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June 5, 2018
By Tim Benson
Roughly one in every 50 public school students in the United States was a victim of a physical assault, sexual assault, rape, attempted rape, robbery, or threatened with physical assault at school during the 2015–16 school year.
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May 30, 2018
By Tim Benson
"Low Risk" Of Harmful Health Effects From VOC Exposure At Colorado Oil And Gas Sites
May 30, 2018
By Tim Benson
More than 3 Cases Of Suspected Child Abuse Per Day In Nashville Public Schools
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April 19, 2018
By Vicki Alger, Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
On the 19th anniversary of Columbine.
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April 16, 2018
By Tim Benson
A bill to provide tax relief for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) by exempting income derived from coal mining from the state’s transaction privilege tax is on hold.
April 10, 2018
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, S.T. Karnick
“It is clear our nation’s education system continues to fail its mission of educating our children.” - Lennie Jarratt
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