Recent Policy Briefs

Block Grants for All: Liberating the Poor and Taxpayers Alike

May 5, 2014

The remarkable success of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 – better known simply as “welfare reform” – is well known.

Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power

March 21, 2014

Global warming alarmism threatens U.S. national power and national security, say Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, and Captain Donald K. Forbes.

A Better Medicare for Seniors and Taxpayers

February 12, 2014

Of all the entitlement programs in the U.S. requiring reform, Medicare – the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older – presents the most difficult problem of all.

AMS Survey Shows No Consensus on Global Warming

November 28, 2013

In a November 2013 Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland President Joseph Bast examines an American Meteorological Survey of its members which found only 39.5% of those who responded say they

Scientific Critique of IPCC’s 2013 'Summary for Policymakers'

October 16, 2013

The Summary for Policymakers released in September by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filled with concessions that its past predictions were too extreme and mislead

U.S. Cybersecurity Policy: Problems and Principles

August 1, 2013

Cybercrime and cyberattacks are genuine threats, with reports of data breaches, hacks, or thefts appearing regularly in the news.

Social Security Personal Accounts: Prosperity for All

June 14, 2013
This essay is the third of a series of Heartland Policy Briefs by the author on entitlement reform.

The Foundation for Entitlement Reform: Get America Booming Again

March 11, 2013

This essay is the second of a series of Heartland Policy Briefs by the author on entitlement reform.

Making Texas Public Education More Efficient: Taxpayer Savings Grant Program

March 8, 2013

This Policy Brief summarizes past research and presents new analysis showing how a proposal called the Taxpayer Savings Grant Program (TSGP) would enable the state of Texas to comply with

The Common Core: A Poor Choice For States

January 22, 2013

Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools were adopted without debate by every state but Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia in 2010, part of the price of getting federal dollars under the Oba