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James M. Hohman

Director of Fiscal Policy

James M. Hohman is the director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University in Midland, Mich.

The Lawmakers that Voted for the Most Business Subsidies and the Least

$16 billion in corporate welfare approved since 2001 … more

Token Symbols of Growth Damage the State Economy

Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers … more

No More Additional Favors for Solar

Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels … more

The Battle Between Taxes and Fees in Storm Sewer Finance

Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies … more

State Funding for Universities Continues Upward Climb

Lawmakers should question what taxpayers get for more money … more

The Great Lakes Trough Truce

Spending interest groups only ask for more money … more

Study on Arkansas Tourism Campaign Should Make You Scratch Your Head about Pure Michigan

If economic impacts are as stated, the tourism industry should pay for its own ad campaign … more

When the Goal of Spending Money is to Spend Money

Transit should instead be about getting people places … more

A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash … more

What Michigan Government Lacks in Transparency

Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed … more

Property Tax Revenue On a Slow Rise

Value of property increased 12 percent over past four years … more

Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon

An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State … more

Politicians Cannot Keep Up With Dynamic Economy

Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else … more

Come or Go, Amazon’s HQ Decision Means Little to Michigan Economy

It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though … more

Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy

There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions … more

2017 Was Good For Michigan

State economy continues to expand … more

The Problems with the Pension and Retiree Health Insurance Bills

Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits … more

Unions Complicit in Retirement Benefit Crisis

But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway … more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Millions going to build luxury developments … more

The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project … more

Tipping the Scales on Solar

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions … more

How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs

Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded … more

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt … more

Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians

No consequences to kicking the can down the road … more

Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals

State officials are hiding what should be public information … more

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce … more

Michigan Income Tax Cuts Remain Affordable

State government is very well fed … more

Giving More Taxpayer Dollars to Universities Won’t Make Michigan More Educated

No link between state spending and educational attainment … more

New Subsidies Show Which Groups Are Important to Lansing Politicians

Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first … more

New School Privatization Survey Results

Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out … more

Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else

Another $1.2B in favors approved this year … more

Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief

State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more … more

Taking the Pension Task Force to Task

Governments should stop generating new pension debt … more

Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters

Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems … more

‘Trough Truce’ on Display in Latest Debate on Corporate Welfare

Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition … more

A Map of Michigan Commute Times

Where do people make the longest drives to work? … more

Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model

Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth … more

Business Subsidies Won't Drive Growth

The Detroit News wrong on proposed business subsidy program … more

Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters

Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike … more

State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse

Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist … more

If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded

School employees are the state's largest creditors … more

Unions for Underfunding

Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open … more

A Better Way to Fund Universities

Give the money to students … more

Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program

Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA … more

Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk

Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management … more

Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People

City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth … more

Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy

Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it … more

Net Domestic Migration by County

Michigan county gains and losses … more

Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered

But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests … more

The Failing Business of Business Favors

What would you say you do around here? … more