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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.

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

Other Michigan Cities in Pension Debt

Not just a Detroit problem. … more

Michigan Still Underfunding Teacher Pensions

Made full contribution just twice in last decade. … more

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare. … more

Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

Deals could eat up half of budget surplus. … more

Why Detroit Pensions are Underfunded

Plenty of blame to go around. … more

Don't Extend Granholm's 'Blown Away' Program

Legislators should demand accountability from MEDC. … more

Bankruptcy Court Needs History Lesson

Nuances of emergency manager law missing. … more

Bringing Benefits in Balance to Michigan

Public sector outpaces private sector by $5.8 billion. … more

More Reasons to Like the Upper Peninsula

Civil society creates state fair, poet laureate. … more

A Look at Michigan’s June Spike in Unemployment Rate

More people are looking, not waiting, for work. … more

We're Still a 'Donor State' with Medicaid Expansion

Legislators should avoid spurious arguments to defend votes. … more

EITC 'Improper Payments' Costing Taxpayers

One more reason Michigan should drop program. … more

Elkhart Continues its Economic Growth

Indiana border county outpaces national job growth. … more

The Common Ploy for More Funding

Universities want even more tax dollars. … more

Right-to-Work States Have Higher Incomes

When adjusted for cost-of-living. … more

Multiplier Analyses Often Abused

They don't justify taking the dollar in the first place. … more

A Matter of Perspective

National recovery data looks different depending on the chart. … more

The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work

Poverty, lack of insurance not higher in right-to-work states. … more

Union Rates Not Dropping Faster In RTW States

Right-to-work not to blame for fewer union members. … more

The Michigan 'Truth Squad' Problem With Facts

Fact-checking group gives in to partisan bent. … more

Proposal 1 Has Nothing to Do With Local Control

Opponents should focus on fiscal responsibility. … more

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

The financial impact of enshrined collective bargaining. … more

Policymakers Still Tripped Up By Pension Transition Costs

"Transition costs" and "plunging credit ratings" are red herrings to pension reform.  … more

Fix the Real Problem of the Pension System

Politicians to blame for unfunded liabilities. … more

House GOP Hides Behind Rigged 'Study'

Punting on pension reform keeps the burden on taxpayers. … more

Outsourcing Isn't the Problem

Special favors to bring jobs back not the answer. … more

Comparing Apples to Lemons in Pension Reform

Legislature needs to be transparent about costs. … more

House Pension Reform Savings are Phony

The Senate's plan is much more realistic. … more

Utah Incurred No Pension Reform ‘Transition Costs’

Michigan House Republicans should take note. … more

Michigan Already Diverges From GASB Rules

Full contributions in only two of last 10 years. … more

Teacher Pension Underfunding Hits $22B

Shows need to close fund immediately. … more

Michigan Pension Underfunding Gaps Widen

Another reason MPSERS should be closed now. … more