“A decent person who lives with a view to what is beautiful is obedient to argument, but a corrupt person who strives for pleasure is disciplined by pain like a beast of burden.”
Ben Murrey serves as director of Independence Institute’s Fiscal Policy Center, working to promote fiscal responsibility in the Colorado government and to defend the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in the state’s constitution. He manages the center’s production of research and scholarly writing on state fiscal, tax, and economic policy. In addition to speaking around the state on the center’s work, he appears regularly on T.V. and talk radio, produces multi-media content, and writes to educate Coloradans on these important public policy issues. His op-eds have been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Colorado Politics, the Colorado Springs Gazette, and more. Since Ben joined Independence Institute in 2020, the center has led two successful issue campaigns to reduce the state income tax.
Prior to his role with Independence Institute, Ben spent seven years as a United States Senate staffer in Washington, D.C., most recently as a legislative aide to Senator Ted Cruz, advising the senator on tax, budget, and economic policy. Before moving to D.C., Ben served on the Ted Cruz for Senate campaign doing operations and grassroots outreach. Ben graduated from Hillsdale College with honors from both the Politics and German departments. He studied twice in Germany, and he speaks fluent German.