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Ben Wilterdink
Research Fellow and Editor-in-Chief, Catalyst
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Ben Wilterdink is a Research Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst at the Independent Institute and Director of Programs at the Archbridge Institute. He has served as Director of Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); Research Manager for Tax and Fiscal Policy in the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC; and Economic Policy Advisor for the electoral campaign of Andrew Griffin for U.S. Congressman. He received his B.S. in government from Liberty University.

He is the Managing Editor of the 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup and 2014 State Tax Cut Roundup, and he is the author of Skill Mobility and the Minimum Wage, Lessons from Kansas: A Behind the Scenes Look at America's Most Discussed Tax Reform Effort (with Jonathan Williams), The Effect of State Taxes on Charitable Giving (with William Freeland and Jonathan Williams), and The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth (with William Freeland and Jonathan Williams).

His articles have appeared in Forbes, The Hill, Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, RealClearPolicy, The Wichita Eagle, PublicSectorInc, Quillette, Kansas City Star, Medium, Hackernoon, and elsewhere; he has appeared on Sirius XM Radio and many other radio programs to discuss tax, labor, and regulatory policies; and he has testified before the state legislatures of Connecticut, Maryland, and West Virginia.



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