vol. 1, issue 1
ALUMNI NEWSLETTER MAY 2012
TABLE OF CONTENTS 4
NOTEWORTHY NEWS personal updates in the network
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Q&A with James Hohman
CURRENT CLASS UPDATE national expose cronyism day
ALUMNI REFERRAL PROGRAM
PROJECTS AROUND THE INSTITUTE
‘ STACHES OF FREEDOM
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE... current giveaways worth snatching
photo recap of our May alumni event
DENISE CHAYKUN Started a travel business called Magical Mystery Tours
Serving in U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan MAX BORDERS Publishing a book titled Superwealth, due out this fall
WHITNEY (GARRISON) ATHAYDE Married John
DANIKA CIANO Welcomed baby Cora
NICK DUNN Married Erin
COURTNEY MYERS (with soon-to-be KAP alumnus Chris Myers) Welcomed baby Charlotte
ANDREW GILLEN Senior Researcher, American Council of Trustees & Alumni ANDY GILLETTE Director of Program Development, Bill of Rights Institute -- AND -Married Genevieve BRIANNA CARDIFFHICKS Married Steve
KAP 09/10 JAMES FRANKO Welcomed baby Luke JOHN MAVRETICH Welcomed baby John ANDREW MCINDOE ran half marathon in March --AND-Development Manager, Heritage Action for America
orthy NEWS EMILY ROSE Ran marathon in March ALI TOOLEY Senior Development Associate, Koch Companies Public Sector
JOHN VERWEY Government Relations Program Assistant, American Enterprise Institute TATE WATKINS Awarded a 2012 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
KIP SARAH HODY Ran marathon this March COLTON KERRIGAN
Grassroots Coordinator, TOMMY VON DER HEYDT Senior Development Associate,
National Rifle Association
Koch Companies Public Sector
GONZALO SCHWARZ Welcomed baby Sebastian
LILY WU Won Miss Kansas United States pageant and representing state at Miss United States pageant in July in DC
KAP 10/11 DIANA HEWITT LOVELESS Welcomed Baby Elisabeth --AND-Moved to Japan
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KATIE TROUT Communications Coordinator, Parents for Educational Freedom
Did you see the news this winter of just how much th
taxpayers? If so, you read about James Hohmanâ€™s (K
showed that government subsidies for the volt amou
We asked James a few questions about the great res
he Chevy volt is costing
KAP 08-09) research, which
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE RESEARCH? My first piece for the Mackinac Center was on political economic development, so it’s an issue I’ve been following for a while. In November, however, I was checking the status of the previous governor’s green jobs plan when I noticed that a lot of them were involved with electric cars in general and the Volt in particular. I began compiling all of the deals involving the project and found the sum noteworthy.
WHAT’S THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU LEARNED? I wasn’t surprised by this, but I was in awe of just how much the federal government was pumping into the project. The state government bets on winners and losers in the
unt to $250,000 per car!
marketplace with tens of
search behind the story.
government was working in
millions, while the federal
hundreds of millions more.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO DO THE STUDY? If we had not started systematically
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE STUDY?
collecting files on recipients of Mich-
Our policy goal on this project is
igan’s flagship economic incentive
to continue to educate legislators
program since its inception in 1995, I would never have been able to piece together all the information necessary for this project. Having timely, news-worthy stories was one of the benefits of our principled stand against political economic development programs.
about the toxicity of political economic development programs. So while the media response was great (and I get a lot of joy from wearing a bow-tie on national TV), I’m happy that state policymakers have not yet taken up new economic development initiatives. Our work
DID YOU FIND IT HARD TO COLLECT THE DATA?
is only a part of that hesitation, but
The information on state incentives
WHAT’S THE NEXT SUBJECT YOU’RE TACKLING?
was easy enough to obtain because of our long history with the programs involved. But the federal programs were another story — getting the details on some of the stimulus grants involved in this project was challenging, despite the promised transparency.
it’s part I love providing.
I just finished a policy brief reviewing the transition costs when closing a government pension fund. The state pension fund is expensive and underfunded, but legislators are afraid to close the fund for fear of large and material transition costs.
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE RESPONSE TO THE STUDY?
In the brief, I found that these costs were an accounting phenomenon and entirely discretionary. I also
We knew that the findings would
outline a series of policy reforms
be newsworthy — the Chevy Volt is
that would allow the state to close
a national celebrity and it evokes a
its school employee pension fund
strong emotional response. Michi-
without facing those costs.
gan Capitol Confidential does break stories that gain national attention
Closing the pension system will get
on occasion. But I was surprised
Michigan one step closer to
at the instant attention it received.
ending the government
It was our single largest day for
CURRENT CLASS UPDATE
CRONYISM - A group in this year’s
help spread the message that
KAP class formed an initiative with a
cronyism is definitely not free-
goal of educating students on the ill-
market capitalism. They are con-
effects of cronyism in today’s society.
tinuing to engage students on this
They renamed Valentine’s Day
topic as opportunities arise. For
“National Expose Cronyism Day”
Tax Day, they partnered with the
to shed light on the illicit love affair
Leadership Institute for “Tax Your
going on between big business and
GPA,” and they provided copies of
big government. They shipped out
Hazlitt’s Economics in One
about 230 tabling kits full of educa-
Lesson to more than 1,000
tional materials and swag to colleges
and universities in 41 states and the District of Columbia. They also spon-
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sored tables at CPAC and ISFLC to
THE CRONYISM PROJECT
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What is economic freedom and how can we measure it?
Why has America fallen from 3rd to 10th in economic freedom
when compared with other nations across the globe?
How does this decline impact you and your future?
The presentation engages the audience in a discussion about how economic freedom affects diverse issues including civil rights, life expectancy, income levels, and environmental quality; how excessive government spending, unnecessary regulations and cronyism in the U.S. have shaped our economic freedom; and what such trends suggest about our future levels of prosperity. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A PRESENTATION
LIBERTY ON THE ROCKS + ECONOMIC INTUITION
CKI recently started CronyChronicles. org, as part of our efforts to educate on the threat cronyism presents to our economic freedom, and we need your help to spread the word!
HEREâ€™S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: Watch and share our new video
CKI worked with Amanda Muell
about the site on your wall or in an
(L@W 2011-12 ), the president of
Liberty on the Rocks, to hold two events to help freedom advocates develop a stronger understanding of the economic principles that underlie the arguments for freedom
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and prosperity. We trained almost 100 liberty-lovers in Colorado in
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February and March, and these
an email to your friends explaining
half-day workshops included
how big a problem cronyism is and
active discussions, learning
then direct them to the site to
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