Daniel Heil

Research Fellow
Biography: 

Danny Heil is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution whose focus is on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil’s interests include replacing failed policies with state and federal initiatives that alleviate poverty by encouraging workforce participation and human capital development. He has also written on the perils of telecommunication regulations and the economic effects of e-business.

Heil served as Governor Jeb Bush’s economic policy adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, counseling him on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil received a master’s of public policy degree with a specialization in economics and American politics from Pepperdine University.

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Taking Our Medicine

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, May 30, 2019

The federal budget can be hard to comprehend. Billions of dollars are spent each day on thousands of different programs and agencies. Despite the complexities, skyrocketing deficits mean it is more important than ever to know how the trillions of federal dollars are spent each year.

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Taking Our Medicine

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The federal budget can be hard to comprehend. Billions of dollars are spent each day on thousands of different programs and agencies. Despite the complexities, skyrocketing deficits mean it is more important than ever to know how the trillions of federal dollars are spent each year.

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The US Debt—Causes And Consequences

featuring John B. Taylor, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, John H. Cochrane , Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The federal government is borrowing at unprecedented rates. Spending regularly exceeds revenue, and this shortfall is predicted to grow dramatically in the near future. The result is a large and growing federal debt that threatens future Americans’ prosperity and security. What are the consequences of this higher federal debt and what can we do about it?

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Standardize, Don't Itemize

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, April 18, 2019

The nation’s procrastinators had a busy weekend looking for that W-2 they received in January. With any luck, they found it and completed their tax return with time to spare. Tax Day has now passed. Accountants have put down their calculators and are readying their vacation plans.

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Budget Myopia

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

For politicians, it is tough to think beyond the next news cycle—let alone beyond the next election. Unfortunately, this way of thinking dictates how we spend. Budget debates are focused on the next year while long-term considerations go undiscussed.

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The $22 Trillion Debt Is Gross

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, February 25, 2019

Last week the US Treasury Department released new figures on the national debt. Typically, this would not be newsworthy. Treasury provides daily updates—down to the penny—on current debt levels. Last week’s update, however, included a new milestone: debt surpassed $22 trillion.

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On The Third Rail

by Daniel Heilvia America Off Balance
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Social Security is unique among federal programs. It receives near-universal support, on the right and the left, so it easy to score political points by vilifying any proposed reform. The last major reform to the program took place nearly four decades ago. Still, all is not well with the much-beloved program.

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Reconsidering Last Year’s Budget Proposal

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The White House is set to release its 2020 budget request any day now. Including the introduction, appendices, and supplemental materials, the proposal will be well over one thousand pages. Each section will be filled with descriptions and tables outlining how much the president wants to spend on each department, agency, and program. The proposal goes to Congress where, unsurprisingly, much of it is disregarded.

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The One Topic That Won't Be Discussed At The State Of The Union

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, February 4, 2019

President Trump is set to deliver his second State of the Union Address. Pundits are already guessing what will happen. Will the hour-long speech focus entirely on the nation’s southern border? Will the president extend an olive branch to the new Congress? How many audience members will fall asleep?

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Are We Growing Too Slowly?

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, January 28, 2019

If we’re going to put fiscal policy on a more sustainable course, we first need to diagnose the cause of the projected future imbalance. We have three potential culprits: we’re not growing fast enough, we’re not taxing enough, or we’re spending too much.

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