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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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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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April 10, 2018
By Tim Benson
$116 Million In Annual Educating Funding Could Be Saved If Just 5 Percent Of Statewide Public School Enrollment Participate In ECSP
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March 27, 2018
By Tim Benson
Expansion Of Louisiana Scholarship Program Is Well-Deserving
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March 23, 2018
By Tim Benson
Proposals Would Mandate Large Drop In Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Large Increase In Renewable Portfolio Standard
March 20, 2018
By Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
Strike Vouchers Make Sure As Many Children As Possible Are Freed From Outside Forces Controlling Their Education
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March 13, 2018
By S.T. Karnick, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
“The signing of this bill is a great step to protect students.” - Lennie Jarratt
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February 26, 2018
By Tim Benson
A study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres was retracted in January after an “error in wind measurement” led the writers to overstate methane leakage rates.

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