Budgets and Taxes: Ideas

  • Welfare Reform

    Successful welfare reform can save lives and produce positive effects on multiple generations. It can save taxpayers billions of dollars and help address such serious social maladies as crime, alcoholism, and teenage pregnancy. And it can demonstrate that government programs can be successfully devolved from the national government to states. Most state governments can improve the effectiveness of their efforts to help those in poverty. This 50-state report card offers policymakers and the public a roadmap for how it can be done.
  • Electronic Cigarettes

    Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” have quickly become one of the most popular nicotine replacement products and a key building block in tobacco harm reduction strategies. Bloomberg Industries estimates e-cigarette are a $2.3 billion industry in the United States. Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco and nothing is combusted. There is wide agreement in the public health field that the chemicals in smoke – not the nicotine – cause death and disease.
  • Entitlement Reform

    Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara writes a series of Heartland Policy Briefs on entitlement reform.
  • Privatization

    The concept of privatization is relatively simple: a shifting of a government-provided service or aspects of it to a private business subject to the rigors of a competitive marketplace. In many cases, similar services are already being provided more efficiently in the private sector. Privatization when done correctly can provide more efficient services and save taxpayers money.
  • Taxpayer Savings Grants

    Originally proposed in Texas in 2011, Taxpayer Savings Grants would reimburse parents for tuition paid for enrollment of children at private schools of their choice in the amount of actual tuition or 60 percent of the state’s average per-pupil maintenance and operations expenditure, whichever is less. Students entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school for at least one year would be eligible. The Heartland Institute estimates about 6% of public school students would be moved to private schools, saving the state approximately $1 billion a year.