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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.

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

State Pension Underfunding Liability Jumps $6.6 Billion, Confirming Need for Reform

New Transformers Flick Costs Each Michigan Taxpayer $1.36

What Can $5.7 Billion Get You in Michigan?

Commentary: Republican Legislators Try to Resurrect Film Subsidies

No Auto Resurgence Yet

While the Detroit 3 are now profitable and optimistic, clear job gains have yet to be prevalent. … more

Commentary: Fairness Arguments on the Pension Tax

Michigan Tax Reform Signed

The Michigan Business Tax will soon be no more. … more

Don't Confuse Estimates With Data

Center analyst explains job growth estimates to reporter. … more

GM Asks for More Tax Incentives

Michigan’s Massive Job Creation and Loss

Michigan Stands Out in Tax Redistribution

Michigan's EITC among most generous in the country. … more

Gov. Snyder vs. the Political Careerists

Historic Levels of Government Employment in Michigan

Analysis: The Obvious Need for Government Employment Benefit Reform

Commentary: Bringing Local Government Benefits in Balance

'Brutal' MSU Budget Cut: Just 4.5 Percent

Michigan State University President Lou Ann Simon has characterized proposed state aid cuts as "brutal," although she gamely acknowledges "We can make this work." … more

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

Detroit Free Press Editor Points out Film Incentive Flaws

As Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson points out, the film incentive was meant to generate a film industry in Michigan that would exist without special favors. In light of this goal, the incentive has so far been only an expensive failure. … more

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

Governor Looks At Public Employee Compensation

In his executive budget, Gov. Rick Snyder recommends reforms to the compensation offered to employees by Michigan’s state and local governments. Considering that employment costs are a primary reason why government continues to grow, this is a commendable move. … more

More Good News for Michigan’s Economy

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provided some encouraging news that indicated Michigan’s economy continues to recover. The state’s private sector added 221,292 jobs in the second quarter of 2010 and lost only 184,025. … more

Detroit Public Schools Contracts Out Custodial Services

Mlive.com reports that Detroit Public Schools signed contracts with private vendors to clean and maintain the district’s buildings. DPS will join 145 other school districts in Michigan that contract out for these services. … more

Michigan's 'Green Energy' Jobs Total: 315

How Bad is Detroit’s Detroitification?

Mackinac Center analyst Jack McHugh has called the long process of hollowing out a private economy to prop up an unsustainable government, "Detroitification." Detroit's most recent comprehensive annual financial report shows just how much the title-city itself has been hollowed. … more

Michigan Posts Record Drop in Unemployment Rate for December

According to data released by the Michigan Office of Labor Market Information today, the state’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.7 percentage points from 12.4 percent in November 2010 to 11.7 percent in December 2010. This is a record for this data series that began in 1976. … more