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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 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

Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System

It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets … more

In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks

More subsidies won’t improve economy … more

Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies

Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more … more

Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills

Senate bills 111-115 being considered … more

Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000

Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes … more

Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut

State revenue has grown for years … more

Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax

Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop … more

New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development

Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers … more

State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments

Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding … more

Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve

With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates … more

Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure

Recent report has been misinterpreted … more

Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program

Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies … more

What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?

State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies … more

School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members

Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike … more

Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund

Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt … more

Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes

A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair … more

2016 Was Good For Michigan

Economy is growing and shows no signs of stopping … more

Plenty of Good Reasons to Oppose Business Subsidies

Giving taxpayer dollars to developers is ineffective … more

Subsidies Bad For Taxpayers

Bills considered in Lansing would have favored select businesses … more

Time To Fix MPSERS Pension Problem

Unfunded liabilities will grow so long as lawmakers let them … more

Profiles in Courage in Defense of Taxpayers

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism … more

Pension Officials Mislead Lawmakers

Testimony from state bureaucrats against pension reform bill is unfounded and inaccurate … more

Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills … more

Unions Fight their Members’ Interests on Pensions

Containing and curing pension underfunding benefits retirees, workers and taxpayers … more

Michigan Employers Create Thousands of Jobs without the Aid of Politicians

Economic development programs just transfer money to a lucky handful … more

Michigan Local Government Revenues Strong Despite Complaints

Taxpayers already provide local governments more money … more

Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

Michigan's credit rating could increase after pension reform … more

$1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

Michigan increased pension funding and it’s still not enough … more

Education Union Should Be Voice For Pension Reform

School employees deserve more than political promises … more

The Lose-Lose Situation in Pension Funding

Pension underfunding, not defined contributions, is the problem … more

State Policies Created School Pension Pain

The only real solution is to close public pensions to new employees … more

Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

New Mackinac study featured in state media … more

Michigan’s Quiet Success in Containing Retiree Health Care Costs

Simple reforms lower the burden of debt … more

Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

A state economy isn't made up of the biggest companies … more

New Study Calls for More Spending to Provide Nothing

Higher education costs are increasing, but why? … more

Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars … more

Business Climate, Not Cronyism, Key to Michigan’s Future Growth

New op-ed published in The Detroit News … more

A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

Price of average home is approaching record levels … more

Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

New plans don't even claim to develop the economy … more

Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

Cost and quality should be the primary concern … more

Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it … more

I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

There aren't always easy answers to policy questions … more

State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing … more

Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

State job funds are expensive and underwhelming … more

Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture … more

Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits? … more

High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

It's about how resources are managed … more

Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs … more

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy … more

Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes … more

Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing … more

Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform … more

Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do … more

Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures? … more

New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding … more

Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country … more

NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes … more

Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

State refuses to disclose how much each company gets … more

Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in … more

Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak … more

Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

And spending continues to increase … more

Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers … more

Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

Only broad changes will improve the state's economy … more

School Transportation News Features Center Study

Survey of school service privatization  … more

College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all … more

Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

It harms current employees and retirees as well … more