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James M. Hohman

Director of Fiscal Policy

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

Online Map Shows Local Government Retiree Health Care Funding Levels

Find out if your community can afford its retiree health benefits … more

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

Support Service Contracting at Record Levels

More Schools Than Ever Use Private-Sector Firms to Provide Support Services

Number of School Districts Privatizing Services Continues to Grow

Districts see higher quality services for less money … more

Keep Michigan Taxes Limited

Michigan Sets the National Standard on Pensions

Mackinac Center: Michigan a National Innovator in Pension Reform

State addresses underfunding while protecting earned benefits … more

Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan

State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis … more

If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them

Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers

If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student … more

Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough

Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure

Lawmakers Say No to Business Subsidies

Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?

Michigan’s Pension Bureaucrats Mislead Policymakers and the Public

Office of Retirement Services tries to derail pension reform … more

Blown Away

Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

The program has failed even by its own measurements … more

Understand the Emergency Manager Law Before Changing It

Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts

Seventy Percent of School Districts Contract Out for Food, Custodial or Transportation Services

Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization … more

College Spending No Guarantee of Economic Success

State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000

End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

Legislature Considers Limiting Undemocratic Tax Hikes

Why You Should Care About Government Employee Pensions

Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Boosting Economic Growth

Survey Reveals How Schools in Different States Compare in Privatizing Services

Pennsylvania leads the way among five states surveyed … more

House Members Right to Be Skeptical of Server Farm Favors

Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts

Tax Cuts on Sale: Save Up to 10 Percent on Income Tax Rate Cuts

School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014 … more

Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008 … more

Media, Voters, Draw on Mackinac Information on Prop 1

Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase

Why There’s a State Tax Vote on May 5 and What It Costs

House Votes to End Film Incentives

The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote

How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers

Hohman Testimony to House Committee

The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’

May Sales Tax Proposal Explained

You are Entering the Government Pension Zone

Fewer Prisoners, Fewer Workers – Higher Prison Costs

Michigan Should Lower the Personal Income Tax Rate in 2015

Prop 1: Making the Confusing More Clear

Gubernatorial Campaign Should be About Things That Matter

Close MPSERS to Stretch Dollars Further

10 Facts About Pension Systems in Michigan

What Proposal 1 Means for Michigan Going Forward

Did Gov. Snyder Create 275,000 jobs?

Legislators Should Look To Oklahoma To Address Pension Change ‘Transition Costs’

Agenda for Detroit: What Role Should State Play Post-Bankruptcy?

Michigan Politicians Misrepresenting Attorney General Position To Push Detroit Bailout

Utah's Lessons for Michigan Pension Reform

Pension Debt: Not Just a Problem in Detroit

Agenda For Detroit: What Role State Government Should Play After Bankruptcy

Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust

There Is No Relationship Between College Graduates and Economic Growth

Look at Municipal Finance Trends Before Pumping In More Money

Why Tax Rate Cuts Matter More Than Increasing Credits and Exemptions

Analysis: Michigan's Labor Force Growth Among Fastest in Nation

Benefits in Balance

How Politicians Game the Pension System

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit

What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like

Pension 'Transition Costs' Remain a Myth

Direct Cash Grants: Anti-Crony Capitalism Policies Fall Short

Fact and Fiction About Right-to-Work: A Reality Check at the One-Year Anniversary

More Money, Higher Taxes Not the Solution for Detroit

Minimum Wage Battles in Michigan

Minimum Wage Battles in Michigan

Are Early Retirement Incentives A Good Deal for Cities?

Why The Great Recession Was Different

Myth Lives On, But Agriculture Still Not Second-Largest Industry in Michigan

Yes, The Legislature Changed Its Emergency Manager Policies to Reflect the Referendum

Analysis: Incorrect Population Figures Means State Has Overpaid Detroit For Past Decade

National Commentary Wrong About Detroit's Failure

Why Detroit's Pension Funds Failed

Commentary: Former State Treasurer Diverts Blame for Detroit's Problems

Commentary: Unions Cry Crocodile Tears Over Municipal Pensions

Detroit Bankruptcy: Why the Emergency Manager Powers Were Insufficient

Not Too Late to Close the Pension System

Michigan’s Gross Domestic Product Grows in 2012

Michigan's Job Growth Is More Than Just Auto-Related

Commentary: State Budget Windfall Invalidates Pension Reform Excuses

School Pension Fund Needs Fewer Gimmicks

Why You Shouldn’t Care (Much) About Income or Wealth Inequality