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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.

Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

Michigan's credit rating could increase after pension reform … more

$1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

Michigan increased pension funding and it’s still not enough … more

Education Union Should Be Voice For Pension Reform

School employees deserve more than political promises … more

The Lose-Lose Situation in Pension Funding

Pension underfunding, not defined contributions, is the problem … more

State Policies Created School Pension Pain

The only real solution is to close public pensions to new employees … more

Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

New Mackinac study featured in state media … more

Michigan’s Quiet Success in Containing Retiree Health Care Costs

Simple reforms lower the burden of debt … more

Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

A state economy isn't made up of the biggest companies … more

New Study Calls for More Spending to Provide Nothing

Higher education costs are increasing, but why? … more

Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars … more

Business Climate, Not Cronyism, Key to Michigan’s Future Growth

New op-ed published in The Detroit News … more

A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

Price of average home is approaching record levels … more

Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

New plans don't even claim to develop the economy … more

Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

Cost and quality should be the primary concern … more

Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it … more

I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

There aren't always easy answers to policy questions … more

State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing … more

Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

State job funds are expensive and underwhelming … more

Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture … more

Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits? … more

High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

It's about how resources are managed … more

Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs … more

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy … more

Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes … more

Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing … more

Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform … more

Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do … more

Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures? … more

New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding … more

Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country … more

NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes … more

Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

State refuses to disclose how much each company gets … more

Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in … more

Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak … more

Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

And spending continues to increase … more

Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers … more

Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

Only broad changes will improve the state's economy … more

School Transportation News Features Center Study

Survey of school service privatization  … more

College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all … more

Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

It harms current employees and retirees as well … more

Michigan Universities Doing Just Fine

And without more taxpayer money … more

The Real Problem with Government Pensions

Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers … more

Don’t Blame Employees for Pension Underfunding

Liabilities caused by lack of investment returns … more

Pension Underfunding Has a Cause — But it is Not Smaller Workforces

Pensions do not operate like Social Security … more

Misdiagnosing the Cause of Pension Problems

Neither revenue sharing nor suburb-dwellers caused  underfunding … more

Capping Retirement Contributions Changes Few District Incentives

State aid could easily fluctuate … more

Do Not Assume Economic Development Spending is Effective

Is economic development a nuclear arms race? … more

Pension Predictions Fall Short

Defined-benefit plans don't get funded, they get underfunded … more

House Road Bill Could Be Better, but a Step in the Right Direction

A mix of new and existing revenues to fund road repair … more

Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts

Revenues are increasing … more

How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

State considers changes to economic development disclosure … more

Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability … more

Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids … more

Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media

70 percent of schools contract out for some services … more

Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

New total up from 66 percent in 2014 … more

Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

Studies show a lack of positive economic impact … more

So Long Film Subsidies

Other economic development programs should be next … more

'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal … more

State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10 … more

Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

“Progressives” should be careful what they wish for … more

MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

No spending reductions required in Senate plan … more

It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities … more

Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture

Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks … more

House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding. … more

Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion

Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities … more

Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback … more

Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding

School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue … more

House Road Plan Relies on Reality

Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy" … more

Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

First, look at current resources … more

Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover

Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up

Both rates and revenue on the rise … more

Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been … more

Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain

Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended. … more

Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years … more

Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work. … more

'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

Corporate welfare program a continued failure. … more

‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing? … more

How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

How would you spend an extra $130? … more

Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do

Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state. … more

No 'Replacement Revenue' for Taxpayers on Roads

New plan would give Michigan 2nd highest sales tax. … more

Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Victory Dance Premature

Whether city succeeds remains to be seen. … more

When a School 'Cut' Is an Increase

As shown by the House road funding plan. … more

Job Churn Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

Cutting income taxes a better way to spur growth. … more

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

House Bill 4804 could help. … more

Corporate Welfare and the Michigan Business Tax

Some subsidies extend another 20 years. … more

One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies. … more

Grasping At Taxes to Pay for Pensions

Schools, municipalities get creative. … more

Job Announcements Don't Equal Job Creation

Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare. … more

Truth Squad’s Failed Proposal 1 Fact Check

Three exemptions to personal property tax, not elimination. … more

Lawmakers Misrepresent Detroit Pension Bill

Legislation does not “cap” potential taxpayer contributions. … more

Media Misinterpreting Detroit Pension Bill

Legislation doesn't address pension underfunding. … more

Money For Detroit Is Clearly a Bailout

Policymakers should stop saying otherwise. … more

Alleged ‘Transition Costs’ Avoidable In Detroit

Shouldn't be used as a roadblock to pension reform. … more

More Detroit Favors Piled On Top of Other Favors

City gets more in revenue sharing than all others combined. … more

How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo. … more

More State Favors for Detroit

Deferment through borrowing. … more

Detroit’s Special Favors Add Up

Only city in Michigan allowed to tax utility bills. … more

More Higher Ed Spending Questionable

Legislators, taxpayers need answers. … more

Right-to-Work States See Larger Gains

Personal income and population growth numbers released. … more

Right-to-Work Should be Judged on Economic Data

Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success. … more