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James M. Hohman

Assistant Director of Fiscal Policy

James M. Hohman is assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University in Midland, Mich.

Analysis: The Obvious Need for Government Employment Benefit Reform

Commentary: Bringing Local Government Benefits in Balance

The State Should Dissolve the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council

Government Unions Protest to Bankrupt Local Governments

Executive Budget Takes on Government Employee Compensation

New Film Office Report Misleads and Shows Undercounting

Legislature’s Early-Out Deal: New Government Retirees 21, Taxpayers 3

Michigan's 'Green Energy' Jobs Total: 315

Bringing Balance to Public Benefits

Benchmarking Benefits Methodology Sheet

What Can $5.7 Billion Get You in Michigan?

Why Do Michigan’s Failed Economic Programs Stick Around?

Michigan Falls to Bottom 10 in Key Economic Measure

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released a key measure of economic growth today that showed that Michigan has gone over a decade without increased production. New gross domestic product figures, a measure of the value of an area’s goods and services production, showed that Michigan’s economy produced 8 percent less in 2009 than it did in 2000 when adjusted for inflation. The nation rose 15 percent during this period. … more

Why Do Michigan’s Failed Economic Programs Stick Around?

State Pension Funds: Evidence of Public Class’s Overcompensation

Michigan Schools Contract Out More Than Ever (Viewpoint)

Legislature's Early-Out Deal: New Government Retirees 21, Taxpayers 3

Analysis: Broken Windows on Display in Michigan Senate Finance Committee

Michigan Schools Contract Out More Than Ever

Analysis: Phony 'Sandbox Party' Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for More Goverment Spending

Oakland County Gives Local Governments Something to Shoot For

Analysis: Dangers of Status Quo Budgeting in Higher Education

Michigan Exports to China Grow

The Chinese market for Michigan goods continues to grow. So it's strange that politicians here continue to point fingers at Chinese trade for Michigan's economic decay. … more

Michigan Public Payrolls Protected in Recent Recession

Since the beginning of the national recession in December 2007, Michigan's private sector has lost 70 times more jobs than its government sector. … more

Michigan Public Employee Pay and Benefits Growing

Michigan Film Subsidies: Two Years, $117m — and No Film Job Growth

Analysis: Michigan Beats Most States in Tax Revenue Growth

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state and local government quarterly tax information that shows Michigan's tax revenue continues to outperform the rest of the state economy. Policymakers should keep these figures in mind as Lansing cries poverty over this year's budget. … more

Reality Check: Governor’s Budget 'Poor Mouthing'

Gov. Jennifer Granholm cried poverty yesterday, claiming that her administration already cut 11,000 state employees and that the state cannot make further cuts without lowering "critical services that struggling families count on to survive in this tough economy." However, thanks to higher compensation levels, taxpayers are paying more overall even with fewer workers on the job. … more

Michigan Unemployment Rate Down to 13.6 Percent

New data was released yesterday from Michigan's Office of Labor Market Information that indicates Michigan's economy may be recovering. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Made Compromises

Michigan Service Tax Defended by Phantom Facts

State Employee Pay Grows 25 Percent Above Inflation Since 1999

Analysis of Michigan Film Subsidies: Two Years, $117m - and No Film Job Growth

It has been two years since Michigan's film subsidy program became law, which is sufficient for it to have gotten off the ground and had some measureable impact on the state's economy. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 months after its launch there were 9.8 percent fewer people employed by the film industry in Michigan than when the subsidy program began. … more

Facts for Tax Day in Michigan

Today is April 15, the last day to file your 2009 tax return. Protests are happening around the state alleging rampant growth of government, overtaxation and overregulation.
Here are some facts about taxes in Michigan. … more

Taxpayers Never Get Early Retirement

Michigan Public Employees Compensation Growing Despite Concessions Claims

Spokespersons for Michigan government employee unions contend that they have given up hundreds of millions of dollars in wages and benefit concessions over the past few years. The claims are in dispute, and data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis offers some support for those challenging them. It shows that since 2000, government employee compensation in Michigan has increased 11.4 percent, while private sector employees are getting 5.1 percent less. … more

Michigan Employment and Personal Incomes Better, But…

Two releases from government statistical agencies this week show that the state's economy is still pretty bad, but that its long fall may have finally bottomed out. The state unemployment rate is 14.1 percent, down from its peak. Michigan's per capita personal income was down again, but Michigan was not the worst in the country. … more

Census Data: State Economy Suffering More Than State Budget

Legislative Pay Evidence of a Larger Problem

Michigan Service Tax Proves (Groucho) Marx Correct

Headlee’s Social Welfare Problem

The Lowdown

How to Find and Eliminate Wasted State Money

The Mississippi Example

Michigan Should Commercialize Its Rest Areas

School Privatization Survey Shows Gains in Support Service Contracting

Inspection Competition: Townships Find They Have Options

Michigan Economic Dysfunction Corporation

School Privatization Survey Shows Gains in Support Service Contracting

Diminishing Private Sector Keeps Supporting Bloated Public Benefits

Tax Day Highlights Burden of State Government

Michigan’s Many Tax Ranks

Good News About the Bad Economy

State of Crisis

Recall Showdown in Reed City

An Ann Arbor Tale: Government Golf Slices City Revenue

Free Trade a Boon to Michigan’s Ailing Economy

The competitors who are eating Michigan’s lunch aren’t Mexico or Canada, but other states where investors and entrepreneurs enjoy lower tax rates, better labor climates and fewer excessive and unreasonable regulations. … more

Government Golf Slices City Revenue

Putting the University’s Cart Before the Economy’s Horse

Clearly, if one is looking for the cause of economic growth or decline, the relative number of bachelor’s degrees in a state is a weak indicator at best.. … more

Mamet on the Money

Poetry Slam

Globalization is Good for Michigan

Selling MSHDA Programs Can Raise Millions

State Government Wants to Subsidize a Theme Park in Grayling Township

Creative Contracting Saves Districts Money

MSHDA: Providing Housing for the Poor or for the Cool?

Fast-Growth States Have Lower Taxes — Not More Grads

The 10 states with the lowest tax burdens are growing at an average rate of 2.6 percent — almost double Michigan’s growth rate and 34 percent faster than the national average. … more

Taken For a Ride

It bears noting that any park or other amusement facility that must rely on tax dollars, rather than private investment, is by definition not viable and thus unworthy of taxpayer support. … more

Taken For a Ride

Privatization is Here to Stay

MEGA Grant Requests: What Companies Say

Privatize Parking Garages

Symbolic Victories?

The Legislature is considering no fewer than 11 new bills to create state symbols. … more

Give MDOT a Potty Break: Privatize State Rest Areas

Constantine School District Reaps Rewards from Outsourcing Food Service