Budgets and Taxes: Ideas

  • 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.
  • In Defense of Smokers

    There are about 47 million adult smokers in the U.S. They have been relentlessly demonized by the public health establishment and subjected to discriminatory taxes and violations of their liberties. Read why Heartland defends smokers.