Daniel Heil

Research Fellow

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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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.


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.


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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Policy Insights: Health Insurance

by Scott W. Atlas, Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, John H. Cochrane , John F. Cogan, Daniel Heil, Daniel P. Kessler, John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Health insurance helps many Americans purchase health care. So why is it so expensive, and how can we make it more affordable?

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Policy Insights: Corporate Tax Reform

by John H. Cochrane , Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 27, 2018

In late December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. A key part of the law lowered the tax rate for both traditional corporations and pass-through entities like S-corps. With so many important issues facing the country why was Congress focused on the corporate tax rate?

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The California Economy Needs Tax Reform–Not More Special Tax Breaks

by Daniel Heilvia Eureka
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Soon before his presidency reached its 100-day mark, Trump addressed a major campaign promise by offering his vision for tax reform. The Trump plan promises to cut rates, slash loopholes, and simplify the tax code. As more details of the plan emerge, however, the president will learn a lesson familiar to countless would-be reformers: tax reform is easy on paper and nearly impossible in reality.

The Politics of Envy

by Jeffrey M. Jones, Daniel Heilvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 13, 2009

Redistribution schemes can’t reduce income inequality. What can? Education, stable families, and work. By Jeffrey M. Jones and Daniel Heil.