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April 17, 2020
Questionable California Priorities Are About to Hit Pocket Books
Taxing the rich has seemed to be one of the Band-Aid solutions for California’s budget, but that’s dangerous as seventy percent of the General Fund is already provided by personal taxes on just five percent of the population.
Entitlements
March 30, 2020
Millennials Given Responsibility to Pay for Retirement Programs Investment Deficiencies
Unless pension funds around the nation continue to earn 7% or more per year on their investments, it’s likely that taxpayers will be on the hook for trillions of dollars of promises to government unions.
Government & Politics
January 27, 2020
Widespread Poverty Stats Greatly Overstate the Number of Americans Who Are Destitute
Contrary to AOC, the facts are clear that frequently reported federal poverty stats vastly overstate the number of Americans who are destitute.
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Entitlements
January 1, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez Never Wants To Hear The Words ‘Free Stuff’ Again
In a town hall in front of her Bronx constituents, Ocasio-Cortez, the self-avowed socialist, decreed, “It’s not that we deserve it because it’s a handout. People like to say, ‘Oh, this is about free stuff.’ This is not about free stuff.”
Employment
November 14, 2019
Commentary: Thanks to Trump, Seven Million Americans Have Quit Food Stamps
The booming economy is the primary driver of the dramatic decrease.
Entitlements
October 22, 2019
Thanks to Trump, 7 Million Have Quit Food Stamps
In three short years, the Trump administration has cut taxes and regulations. Therefore, people have more money to spend, and businesses (finally) have incentive to create lots of good-paying jobs.

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Entitlements
April 17, 2020
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
Taxing the rich has seemed to be one of the Band-Aid solutions for California’s budget, but that’s dangerous as seventy percent of the General Fund is already provided by personal taxes on just five percent of the population.
March 30, 2020
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
Unless pension funds around the nation continue to earn 7% or more per year on their investments, it’s likely that taxpayers will be on the hook for trillions of dollars of promises to government unions.
January 27, 2020
By James Agresti
Contrary to AOC, the facts are clear that frequently reported federal poverty stats vastly overstate the number of Americans who are destitute.
January 1, 2020
By Christopher Talgo
In a town hall in front of her Bronx constituents, Ocasio-Cortez, the self-avowed socialist, decreed, “It’s not that we deserve it because it’s a handout. People like to say, ‘Oh, this is about free stuff.’ This is not about free stuff.”
November 14, 2019
By Christopher Talgo
The booming economy is the primary driver of the dramatic decrease.
October 22, 2019
By Christopher Talgo
In three short years, the Trump administration has cut taxes and regulations. Therefore, people have more money to spend, and businesses (finally) have incentive to create lots of good-paying jobs.
October 8, 2019
By Christopher Talgo
Several studies estimate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ recently released Medicare for All (M4A) plan would cost approximately $30–$40 trillion over the next decade.
July 9, 2019
By Seton Motley
America’s Left has certainly evolved. Fifty years ago, it was the Left who didn’t trust Big Brother and wanted to stick it to The Man. Now they LOVE Big Brother, because they now are The Man
June 7, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Trump administration is appealing rulings by a federal court that have blocked the implementation of Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and found a similar program already in place in Arkansas violates federal law.
May 31, 2019
By Kelsey Hackem
Medicare’s assets will be depleted by 2026, the 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Annual Report states.
April 9, 2019
By Richard Ebeling
Why is it so difficult to win the case for freedom in modern American society?
January 22, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Proposed rule focuses on tightening loopholes in SNAP’s work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents
January 17, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Legislators are considering moving new state and local public employees from the Garden State’s underfunded pension systems to defined-contribution plans.
December 4, 2018
By Kenneth Artz
Tax businesses to fund spending on homeless
December 3, 2018
By Daren Bakst
We’re in the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean conservative legislators should take a holiday from their conservative principles. Unfortunately, the farm bill devised by House and Senate negotiators would require them to do just that.
November 6, 2018
By Christopher Talgo
The federal Food Stamps Program (FSP), now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), celebrated its 59th anniversary this September.
October 12, 2018
By Jeff Reynolds
The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is considering a bill that would penalize business owners for hiring employees using federal entitlement programs, by increasing the corporate tax rate paid by owners.
September 22, 2018
By Ashley Herzog
Work requirements for food stamp recipients will be enforced in all 83 Michigan counties after having been waived for 16 years.
August 14, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar (D–Ward 47) is calling for the city government to study the idea of a government-administered universal basic income (UBI) pilot program to provide 1,000 families with a $500 payment every month.
August 14, 2018
By Leo Pusateri
The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would use Social Security to finance a new paid parental-leave benefit for couples with new children.
August 2, 2018
By Edmund Contoski
Everyone knows that Social Security and Medicare are underfunded. They can only provide the benefits they have promised by borrowing from future taxpayers who are obligated to pay for them.
May 29, 2018
By Daren Bakst
Last week, House Republican leaders tried to get a farm bill passed by making changes to the food stamps program.
May 16, 2018
By Ashley Herzog
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a series of bills reforming the state’s entitlement programs.
May 15, 2018
By Paige Anderson
Nearly half of Americans surveyed in a new poll say the government should give financial assistance to individuals put out of work by artificial intelligence (AI) or other technological advances.
April 29, 2018
By Kenneth Artz
During a special session called by Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia House of Delegates approved a $115 billion biennial budget expanding eligibility for Medicaid.
April 27, 2018
By Benjamin Dietderich
Time ran out for a bill that would have forced Idaho residents with complex medical conditions off of their private health insurance plans and onto Medicaid rolls.
April 27, 2018
By Ashley Bateman
With Gov. Gary Herbert (R) having signed into law a bill to increase the number of people eligible for Medicaid in Utah, a coalition of political advocacy groups is working to expand the program even more.
April 27, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Charlie Katebi
For decades, America’s various welfare programs have discouraged low-income adults from working and trapped millions in poverty.
April 10, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., John Nothdurft, Peter Ferrara, Charlie Katebi
“Congratulations to Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature for their leadership in passing groundbreaking welfare reforms.” - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
April 5, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
A package of bills approved by the Wisconsin Senate that are currently awaiting Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) signature.
March 8, 2018
By Jeff Reynolds
The Alabama state Senate Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development is considering a bill that would require the state’s Medicaid agency to verify whether recipients are eligible to receive those benefits.
March 6, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Matthew Glans
“These are exactly the welfare reform initiatives The Heartland Institute has been pushing in dozens of states.” - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
March 5, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Time for lawmakers to sack sports subsidies.
February 28, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., John Nothdurft, S.T. Karnick
Opponent of Reform Decried Heartland Institute’s Influence from Floor of State Senate
February 22, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
As Congress continues to dither and delay entitlement reform, the Trump administration has empowered state lawmakers to take charge and do what Washington either can’t or won’t do: reform government spending and health care.
February 6, 2018
By Joshua Paladino
Congress will probably not enact entitlement reforms in 2018, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) says.
February 6, 2018
By Michael McGrady
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new benchmarks for states seeking permission for Medicaid work requirements.
January 31, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, Peter Ferrara, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Lennie Jarratt, Bette Grande, Tom Harris, James H. Rust, David S. D’Amato, Kenneth Haapala, David Guldenschuh, Corey DeAngelis , Wayne Allyn Root, J.T. Edwards, E. Calvin Beisner, Jane M. Orient, M.D., David L. Applegate, Howard L. Simons, William Briggs, Timothy Ball, Michelle Smith, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), Randal O’Toole, James Wanliss , Yuri Maltsev, Stephen B. Presser, Michael Schaus, Jim Waters, Russ McCullough, Christopher Garbacz
“The Heartland Institute has been advising many in the administration on climate and energy policy, so we were certainly encouraged and excited the president promoted his pro-energy, pro-America vision in his State of the Union Address.” - Tim Huelskamp
January 31, 2018
By John Nothdurft
“Far too often, welfare programs create dependency on government rather than help people seek long-term self-sufficiency.” - John Nothdurft
January 22, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Self-reliance and prosperity reforms to Alabama's welfare system would save taxpayers’ money and get people get back to work.