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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.

Bill Looks to Require Districts to Seek Bids on Support Services

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

Commentary: Fairness Arguments on the Pension Tax

GM Asks for More Tax Incentives

Michigan’s Massive Job Creation and Loss

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

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

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

Michigan's 'Green Energy' Jobs Total: 315

Bringing Balance to Public Benefits

Benchmarking Benefits Methodology Sheet

What Can $5.7 Billion Get You in Michigan?

Why Do Michigan’s Failed Economic Programs Stick Around?

Michigan Falls to Bottom 10 in Key Economic Measure

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released a key measure of economic growth today that showed that Michigan has gone over a decade without increased production. New gross domestic product figures, a measure of the value of an area’s goods and services production, showed that Michigan’s economy produced 8 percent less in 2009 than it did in 2000 when adjusted for inflation. The nation rose 15 percent during this period. … more

Why Do Michigan’s Failed Economic Programs Stick Around?

State Pension Funds: Evidence of Public Class’s Overcompensation

Michigan Schools Contract Out More Than Ever (Viewpoint)

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

Analysis: Broken Windows on Display in Michigan Senate Finance Committee

Michigan Schools Contract Out More Than Ever

Analysis: Phony 'Sandbox Party' Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for More Goverment Spending

Oakland County Gives Local Governments Something to Shoot For

Analysis: Dangers of Status Quo Budgeting in Higher Education

Michigan Exports to China Grow

The Chinese market for Michigan goods continues to grow. So it's strange that politicians here continue to point fingers at Chinese trade for Michigan's economic decay. … more

Michigan Public Payrolls Protected in Recent Recession

Since the beginning of the national recession in December 2007, Michigan's private sector has lost 70 times more jobs than its government sector. … more

Michigan Public Employee Pay and Benefits Growing

Michigan Film Subsidies: Two Years, $117m — and No Film Job Growth

Analysis: Michigan Beats Most States in Tax Revenue Growth

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state and local government quarterly tax information that shows Michigan's tax revenue continues to outperform the rest of the state economy. Policymakers should keep these figures in mind as Lansing cries poverty over this year's budget. … more

Reality Check: Governor’s Budget 'Poor Mouthing'

Gov. Jennifer Granholm cried poverty yesterday, claiming that her administration already cut 11,000 state employees and that the state cannot make further cuts without lowering "critical services that struggling families count on to survive in this tough economy." However, thanks to higher compensation levels, taxpayers are paying more overall even with fewer workers on the job. … more

Michigan Unemployment Rate Down to 13.6 Percent

New data was released yesterday from Michigan's Office of Labor Market Information that indicates Michigan's economy may be recovering. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Made Compromises

Michigan Service Tax Defended by Phantom Facts

State Employee Pay Grows 25 Percent Above Inflation Since 1999