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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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December 13, 2018
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
Ruling against tax-credit scholarship program denies many underserved Montana students a choice of a better education.” - Lennie Jarratt
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December 13, 2018
By Tim Benson
Green Policies Increasing Costs And Decreasing Living Standard
December 12, 2018
By Tim Benson
74 Percent Of Surveyed Adults Support ESAs, Highest In EdChoice's Annual Survey's History
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December 10, 2018
By Tim Benson
Bill Includes Fracking Ban By 2020, Mandates 100 Percent Renewable Energy Generation By 2036
December 7, 2018
By Tim Benson
Since 1970 Airborne Pollutants Have Declined 73 Percent While GDP Has Increased 262 Percent
November 8, 2018
By Tim Benson
The United States has “likely” become the largest crude oil producer in the world, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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October 24, 2018
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
“National SAVE day is a reminder that bullying and school violence remains far too prevalent. Hence, Child Safety Accounts are needed more than ever to ensure students attend safe schools.” - Lennie Jarratt
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October 18, 2018
By Tim Benson, Linnea Lueken
"Studies show air pollution levels found near fracking operations are typically too low to pose a danger to human health."

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