Testimonials

“Heartland’s EIF is the one-stop place to go for the latest and best policy ideas. It is a ‘must attend’ event for freedom-loving, free-market public servants.”

— Kentucky State Representative Tim Moore

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“The ability to network with like-minded legislators from other states is an invaluable resource. Having the opportunity to talk face to face with Heartland Policy Analysts is a great way to build a relationship for future assistance with policy issues.”

— Missouri State Representative Kurt Bahr

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“I believe every legislator would benefit by attending Heartland’s Emerging Issues Forum. This was an excellent meeting.”

— South Carolina State Representative Liston Barfield

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“Over my 18 years as a state senator I have attended many meetings on the issues we are contemplating. The Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum is one of the best and their resources are invaluable. I think the Heartland Institute’s meetings are some of the best learning opportunities out there. I am always grateful for the opportunity to attend. Their educational publications are so valuable and useful to legislators. Thank you for all you do.”

— Iowa State Senator Nancy Boettger

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“We have become extremely timid in America, refusing to speak out for or against those critical issues which affect the health and security of our freedom and way of life. This forum provides an effective sounding board for policy argumentation and consideration of often opposing ideas and viewpoints.”

— Tennessee State Representative John J. Deberry

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“I like the Emerging Issues Forum because you fit so much useful information into a one day session.”

— Iowa State Representative David Deyoe

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“I appreciated the lunch history lesson knowing our history is essential as this country goes forward as that we do not repeat our past calamities.”

— Maryland State Delegate Addie Eckardt

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“In a country whose political dialogue has been clouded with the lack of transparency created by conventional political thinking Heartland throws open the door to fresh and creative thought and discussion.”

— Montana State Senator Jeff Essmann

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“I like the Ten Points concepts, this is succinct and useful to convey fundamental — and vital — issues pressing upon our democracy today.”

— Illinois State Representative Paul J. Evans

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“I used your ‘10 principles on fed tax law’ to get a study bill on the MT income tax passed. Of 20 proposed studies, my study was ranked #1 with bi-partisan support. Your guide was excellent and concise and I relied heavily on it.

— Montana State Representative Kristin Hansen

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“I have found Heartland through its materials and workshops to be one of the most useful tools for me in my legislative participation.”

— South Dakota State Senator Tom Hansen

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“Excellent conference with plenty of practical solutions.”

— Arkansas State Representative Debra Hobbs

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“Great Event — lots of great people and info.”

— Oregon State Representative Bill Kennemer

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“Great program, informed speakers, knowledge presented in a very entertaining way!”

— Illinois State Representative Renee Kosel

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“Very well done, timely and applicable.”

—  Kentucky State Representative Brad Montell

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“Excellent source of problem solving ideas for legislators. A great opportunity to share with other state legislators both victories and frustrations!”

— New Hampshire State Representative Chris Nevins

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“I am a better rounded and informed legislator for having attended the Emerging Issues Forum.”

— Connecticut State Representative John Piscopo

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“For any elected official, the Heartland Institute Emerging Issues Forum is time well spent. You will not be disappointed.”

— Iowa State Senator James Seymour

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“This forum was packed with beneficial ideas for legislation. No time was wasted. Speakers were knowledgeable and presented the information in a concise, easy to understand matter. This entire event was ‘first class.’ The accommodations, the food, the speakers, and the boat tour were exceptional.”

— Maryland State Delegate Nancy Stocksdale

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“Great event! Best I’ve been to.”

— Montana State Senator Edward Walker

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“The Emerging Issues Forum provides affirmation of the ideas that are based on seeking solutions for today’s issues without sacrificing time tested principles of the representative Republic.”

— Indiana State Senator Greg Walker

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“Wonderful experience — super prep of review on issues!”

— South Dakota State Representative Hal Wick

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“Another outstanding conference focusing on the vital issues of today with policy experts who have the facts we need coupled with strong points of view that are enlightening and though provoking.”

– South Carolina Representative Bill Taylor

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“Excellent, informative, energizing, and objective!”

– Alaska State Representative Lora Reinbold

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“The Emerging Issues Forum is a must for legislators in the US.”

– South Carolina State Representative Liston Barfield

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“Great event!”

– South Carolina State Senator Danny Verdin

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“Heartland’s publications, staff, and events are a valuable resource for legislators, especially conservative ones. Thank you for your great work simplifying often complex issues with common sense principles and solutions.”

– Georgia State Senator Judson Hill

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“Few times have I received such good information in one day from one forum of learning as the Heartland Institute emerging issues forum.”

– Georgia State Representative Barry Fleming

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“Very succinct and valuable.”

– Georgia State Representative Joyce Chandler

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“Heartland is willing to take on the tough issues with facts and science. Great tools for conservative legislators.”

– Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell

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“The Heartland Institute is a great resource in pushing back against climatism.”

– Florida State Representative John Wood

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“This was the best conference I have attended in years. Great speakers that provide black and white facts which is mandatory for us lawmakers to argue our points effectively.”

– Iowa State Senator Brad Zaun

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“Absolutely one of the best forums I have attended. I hope much of this information will be disseminated to state legislators across the US.”

– Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt

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“These meetings identify words to advance intuitive policy positions – thanks.”

– Montana Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich