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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.

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

Analysis: Michigan’s Long History of Government Pension Problems

There Are Options to Address 'Transition Costs'

Plan would shift teachers to new pension system. … more

Commentary: Legislators Choose School Employees Over Taxpayers on Retirement Benefit Reform

Analysis: Local Governments Wrong to Call Foul On Property Tax Reform

The Public School Pension Fund’s Problem Is Not Charter Schools

Commentary: School Pension System Impacts Everyone’s Future

'Stranded Costs' Will Always Be Paid by Taxpayers

Keep charter school and contract employees out of MPSERS. … more

Commentary: Pension Reform Bigger School Fiscal Issue Than Education Budget

Close the State School Employee Pension Fund

Analysis: Two-Handed Michigan Recovery is Real

Pure Michigan’s Bid For More Tax Money

Five Options for Addressing ‘Transition Costs’ When Closing the MPSERS Pension Plan

Michigan Public School Employee Retirement Plans
in Need of Reform

This study considers the supposed ‘transition costs’ that would be effected by a state switch from a defined-benefit to defined-contribution retirement system. In it, the “transition costs” are found to be nonbinding and discretionary. In addition, the study offers the state a series of reforms that would diffuse such costs, as well as consideration for the long-term fiscal improvements that would arise from payment of the pension’s unfunded liabilities. … more

According to Beneficiaries, All Government Spending Is Worth the Investment

Tax Foundation Rates Michigan

State climbs 42 spots after eliminating MBT. … more

State Behind on School Employee Pension Reform

Analysis: Michigan Cannot Grow Out of Pension Problems

Analysis: State Behind on School Employee Pension Reform

Indiana Leads the Manufacturing Belt

Hoosier state has the most to gain from a right-to-work law. … more

Commentary: Governor Should Veto Film Incentive Bills

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2011

Majority of Michigan school districts currently contract food, custodial or transportation services
Despite increased spending in Michigan public schools, districts regularly face tough choices allocating their resources. This study surveys the privatization of the three major noninstructional services: food, custodial and transportation services. The findings are that over half of public schools have privatized at least one of these services; what is more, about 93 percent report satisfaction with the private-sector services they receive, which spells progress towards improving services while spending less. … more

Cost of Benefits Is Sinking Detroit

City could run out of money in early 2012. … more

Wasted Talent

More college grads doesn't mean economic success. … more

Film Incentive Bill Sows Its Own Expansion

Legislators want to give more of your money to Hollywood. … more

Michigan Pensions Good at Controlling Fraud

More work needs to be done on controlling costs, though. … more

School Privatization Survey Results Available

Outsourcing helps public schools save millions of dollars. … more

Do We Really Need a Unionized State Government?

Government Unions: Bad for Government Services

Commentary: Another Small Step Toward Benefits in Balance

Commentary: Eliminate the Personal Property Tax Without Replacement

Real Steel or Reel Steal? New Film Costs $4.26 Per Michigan Taxpayer

Michigan $1 Billion Closer to ‘Benefits in Balance’

State Admits Compensation Problem

State employment down 21 percent, compensation up 52 percent. … more

Defined-Contribution Retirement Reform Introduced in Michigan

Privatization Still Growing in Michigan Schools

No State Favors For Fastest Growing Companies

No state corporate welfare went to these fastest growers. … more

Michigan $1 Billion Closer to Bringing Benefits In Balance

Bill Looks to Require Districts to Seek Bids on Support Services

State Compensation Problem Bigger Than Advertised

The state’s negotiators should be on solid footing when asking for concessions. … more

And Now for Something Completely Different

State Spending From State Sources Going Up Next Year