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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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April 2, 2020
By Tim Benson
A new study finds “conservative” cities do a far better job of educating minority students than “progressive” cities.
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March 31, 2020
By H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Aaron D. Stover, Anthony Watts
‘This rollback will save Americans money, and for some, it will save their lives.’ - Tim Benson
March 25, 2020
By Tim Benson
468,000 Jobs Lost And $187 Billion In Lost GDP By 2025 If Fracking Banned In The Centennial State
March 25, 2020
By Tim Benson
Over Three Million Jobs Lost And $1.5 Trillion In Lost GDP By 2025 If Fracking Banned In The Lone Star State
March 20, 2020
By Tim Benson
Tax-Credit Scholarship Programs Are The Most Popular Form Of Private School Choice In The Country
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March 19, 2020
By Tim Benson
700,000 Jobs Lost And $245 Billion In Lost GDP By 2025 If Fracking Banned In The Buckeye State
January 23, 2020
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson
“President Trump delivered wonderful news for Americans who have been oppressed by EPA bullying and overreach.” - James Taylor
January 21, 2020
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Vicki Alger
“Child Safety Accounts are one of the best solutions to student safety concerns and need to be implemented throughout America, not just in Colorado.” - Lennie Jarratt
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