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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.

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

School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014 … more

Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

New total up from 66 percent in 2014 … more

Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike

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

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008 … 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

Media, Voters, Draw on Mackinac Information on Prop 1

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

Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

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

How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase

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

Why There’s a State Tax Vote on May 5 and What It Costs

House Votes to End Film Incentives

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

The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote

Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis

How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers

Hohman Testimony to House Committee

Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years … more

The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’

May Sales Tax Proposal Explained

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

You are Entering the Government Pension Zone

When a School 'Cut' Is an Increase

As shown by the House road funding plan. … more

Fewer Prisoners, Fewer Workers – Higher Prison Costs

Job Churn Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

Cutting income taxes a better way to spur growth. … more

Michigan Should Lower the Personal Income Tax Rate in 2015

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

House Bill 4804 could help. … more