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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.

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2013

Michigan’s school districts have saved money by turning to the private-sector to provide support services. This 2013 survey shows that 65.5 percent of districts now contract out food, custodial or transportation services to private-sector vendors. This is an increase from 31.0 percent in 2001. The survey covers the three services, satisfaction and insourcing among Michigan’s public school districts and has been performed in 2001, 2003, and annually since 2005. … 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

What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like

Pension 'Transition Costs' Remain a Myth

Direct Cash Grants: Anti-Crony Capitalism Policies Fall Short

Fact and Fiction About Right-to-Work: A Reality Check at the One-Year Anniversary

More Money, Higher Taxes Not the Solution for Detroit

Minimum Wage Battles in Michigan

Minimum Wage Battles in Michigan

Are Early Retirement Incentives A Good Deal for Cities?

Why The Great Recession Was Different

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

Myth Lives On, But Agriculture Still Not Second-Largest Industry in Michigan

Yes, The Legislature Changed Its Emergency Manager Policies to Reflect the Referendum

Bringing Benefits in Balance to Michigan

Public sector outpaces private sector by $5.8 billion. … more

Benefits in Balance: Benchmarking Public Sector Employee Benefits in Michigan

This policy brief reviews the growth of Michigan’s state and local government expenditures from 2000 to 2010 and finds that government employee contributions, particularly the cost of employment benefits, were a primary contributor to the increase in spending. This brief explores the kinds of employment benefits that can be received by employees, as well as the recent changes made to benefits in the government and private sectors. It finds that bringing benefits in line with private-sector averages would save Michigan $5.8 billion and provides recommendations for implementing this policy. … more

Analysis: Incorrect Population Figures Means State Has Overpaid Detroit For Past Decade

National Commentary Wrong About Detroit's Failure

More Reasons to Like the Upper Peninsula

Civil society creates state fair, poet laureate. … more

Why Detroit's Pension Funds Failed

Commentary: Former State Treasurer Diverts Blame for Detroit's Problems

Commentary: Unions Cry Crocodile Tears Over Municipal Pensions

A Look at Michigan’s June Spike in Unemployment Rate

More people are looking, not waiting, for work. … more

Detroit Bankruptcy: Why the Emergency Manager Powers Were Insufficient

Not Too Late to Close the Pension System

We're Still a 'Donor State' with Medicaid Expansion

Legislators should avoid spurious arguments to defend votes. … more

Michigan’s Gross Domestic Product Grows in 2012

Michigan's Job Growth Is More Than Just Auto-Related

Commentary: State Budget Windfall Invalidates Pension Reform Excuses

EITC 'Improper Payments' Costing Taxpayers

One more reason Michigan should drop program. … more

School Pension Fund Needs Fewer Gimmicks

Why You Shouldn’t Care (Much) About Income or Wealth Inequality

Elkhart Continues its Economic Growth

Indiana border county outpaces national job growth. … more

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2012

The Smuggling Diaries

Talent Mercantilists Running Amok In Michigan

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

Still No Link Between Higher Education Appropriations and Growth

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

Right-to-Work States Have Lower Workplace Injury Rates

Rigged Pension Study Produces Expected Conclusions

Ideas For Fixing the Financial Manager Law

The Michigan 'Truth Squad' Problem With Facts

Fact-checking group gives in to partisan bent. … more

The Price Tag on the Ballot Proposals

Proposal 2 Would Declaw Emergency Managers in Proposal 1

Prop 3 Will Cost Michigan

Proposal 1 of 2012: The Referendum on Public Act 4

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently published “Proposal 1 of 2012: The Referendum on Public Act 4,” which addresses Proposal 1 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot, also referred to as the “emergency manager” referendum.
The study examines the claim that local control will diminish if Proposal 1 passes and Public Act 4 is nullified. Public Act 4 had provided expanded powers to state-appointed emergency managers of local governments and school districts that are in a state of serious “fiscal stress or “fiscal emergency.” The study determined that the question in Michigan has not been whether state-appointed managers or court-appointed receivers may replace local elected officials in running a local unit of government; they have been able to do so for decades. The only question is whether state government will participate in the effort to avoid local fiscal insolvency and how it will do so.
The Policy Brief was authored by James M. Hohman, assistant director of Fiscal Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  … more

Talent Mercantilists Resurrected in Michigan

Activist's Critique of Prop 3 Study Completely Incorrect

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

What the Emergency Manager Referendum is About

Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently published “Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment,” which addresses Proposal 2 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot, also referred to as the “collective bargaining” amendment.
The study examines how the proposed constitutional amendment would enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, which would allow government union collective bargaining agreements to invalidate numerous state laws meant to improve the quality of public services and would likely negate a projected $1.6 billion in annual taxpayer savings.
The Policy Brief was co-authored by Vernuccio and other Mackinac Center analysts: Senior Legal Analyst Patrick J. Wright, Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz and Assistant Fiscal Policy Director James M. Hohman. Also co-authoring was Paul Kersey, director of labor policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. … 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

School Support Services Contracting Increases to 61 Percent of Districts

'Truth Squad' Gets Facts Wrong

The State Is Already Addressing 'Transition Costs' in School Pension Fund

Beware Doubling-Down on Municipal Pension Dysfunctions

Commentary: Pension Liabilities Larger Than Reported

Policymakers Still Tripped Up By Pension Transition Costs

"Transition costs" and "plunging credit ratings" are red herrings to pension reform.  … more

Study Finds That Teacher Pension Plan Unlikely to be Fully-Funded

The Legislature Must Fix Teacher Pensions the Right Way

Fix the Real Problem of the Pension System

Politicians to blame for unfunded liabilities. … more

MPSERS and MSERS: Three Pension Policy Briefs

Analysis: Agriculture Still Not the Second-Largest Industry in Michigan

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

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