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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.

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

There Are Options to Address 'Transition Costs'

Plan would shift teachers to new pension system. … more

'Stranded Costs' Will Always Be Paid by Taxpayers

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

Tax Foundation Rates Michigan

State climbs 42 spots after eliminating MBT. … more

Indiana Leads the Manufacturing Belt

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

State Admits Compensation Problem

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

No State Favors For Fastest Growing Companies

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

State Compensation Problem Bigger Than Advertised

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

No Auto Resurgence Yet

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