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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.

Pension Debt: Not Just a Problem in Detroit

Agenda For Detroit: What Role State Government Should Play After Bankruptcy

Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust

There Is No Relationship Between College Graduates and Economic Growth

Look at Municipal Finance Trends Before Pumping In More Money

Why Tax Rate Cuts Matter More Than Increasing Credits and Exemptions

Analysis: Michigan's Labor Force Growth Among Fastest in Nation

Benefits in Balance

How Politicians Game the Pension System

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit

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

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

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

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

National Commentary Wrong About Detroit's Failure

Why Detroit's Pension Funds Failed

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

Commentary: Unions Cry Crocodile Tears Over Municipal Pensions

Detroit Bankruptcy: Why the Emergency Manager Powers Were Insufficient

Not Too Late to Close the Pension System

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

School Pension Fund Needs Fewer Gimmicks

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

The Smuggling Diaries

Talent Mercantilists Running Amok In Michigan

Still No Link Between Higher Education Appropriations and Growth

Right-to-Work States Have Lower Workplace Injury Rates

Rigged Pension Study Produces Expected Conclusions

Ideas For Fixing the Financial Manager Law

The Price Tag on the Ballot Proposals

Proposal 2 Would Declaw Emergency Managers in Proposal 1

Prop 3 Will Cost Michigan

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

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

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

The Legislature Must Fix Teacher Pensions the Right Way

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

Analysis: Michigan’s Long History of Government Pension Problems

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

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

According to Beneficiaries, All Government Spending Is Worth the Investment

State Behind on School Employee Pension Reform

Analysis: Michigan Cannot Grow Out of Pension Problems

Analysis: State Behind on School Employee Pension Reform

Commentary: Governor Should Veto Film Incentive Bills

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’

Defined-Contribution Retirement Reform Introduced in Michigan

Privatization Still Growing in Michigan Schools

Michigan $1 Billion Closer to Bringing Benefits In Balance

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