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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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January 28, 2022
By Tim Benson
Program Would Be Open To All Georgia Children
January 19, 2022
By Tim Benson
Testimony Before The South Carolina Senate Committee On Education Regarding S 935
January 19, 2022
By Tim Benson
Testimony Before The Tennessee Senate Standing Committee On Education Regarding SB 1674
January 14, 2022
By Tim Benson
20,000 Low-Income Children Could Benefit From Program By 2025–26
January 26, 2021
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Anthony Watts
‘Has there ever been a president who has destroyed more blue-collar jobs at the flick of his wrist at the start of his term than Scranton Joe?’
August 17, 2020
By H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
'The Trump administration is finally making good on the promise made by President Jimmy Carter.'
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.’
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.’

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