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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 ( joined The Heartland Institute in 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. He is also the host of the Heartland Institute Podcast Ill Literacy: Books with Benson.

His Government Relations responsibilities include interacting with elected officials and staff on a variety of issues; tracking state legislative trends; and drafting responses to emerging issues via Research & Commentaries, tip sheets, and op-ed pieces, with the goal of educating legislators and informing them about free-market ideas. He has also provided in-person and written legislative testimony in many states.

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. His work has appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, National Review Online, The HillThe Washington Examiner, The Washington TimesThe Miami HeraldThe FederalistCrain’s Chicago BusinessThe American SpectatorReal Clear Policy, and many other publications across the country.

He is also the co-author of the book Child Safety Accounts: Combating Student Bullying and School Violence by Empowering Parents with Vicki Alger and Lennie Jarratt, and author or co-author of several Heartland Policy Briefs, including “Child Safety Accounts: Protecting Our Children through Parental Freedom,” “ Debunking Four Persistent Myths About Hydraulic Fracturing,” “Education Savings Accounts: The Future of School Choice Has Arrived,” and “Saving Chicago Students: Strike Vouchers and SOS Accounts.”

Benson lives in South Florida.

Recent Articles and Publications

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August 6, 2020
By Anthony Watts, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
‘There is a safety benefit in keeping the pipeline open, because rail transport is far more accident-prone than a pipeline.’
July 30, 2020
By Tim Benson
Bill Would Provide $7 Billion In One-Time, Emergency Funding, $5 Billion Annually For Tax-Credit Scholarship Programs
July 24, 2020
By Tim Benson
Forced Wage Raise During Pandemic Could Leave Hundreds Of Thousands Out Of Work
July 17, 2020
By Tim Benson
Cap-And-Trade Programs Do Little To Reduce Emissions, Act As Regressive Tax
July 8, 2020
By Tim Benson
Free Market Energy Reforms Could Save Golden State Residents $26.7 Billion Annually
June 30, 2020
By Tim Benson, S.T. Karnick
‘The U.S. Supreme Court provided a big win today for those who believe in equality under the law and who are opposed to government discrimination of religious schools.’
May 21, 2020
By Tim Benson
The New Hampshire State Senate has overridden a February veto by Governor Chris Sununu, of SB 159, a bill to expand net metering in the Granite State.
May 20, 2020
By Tim Benson
The New England Ratepayers Association has filed petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to end the ability of states to pass on the costs of roof top solar panel installations to ratepayers in general.

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