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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.

How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs

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

Online Map Shows Local Government Retiree Health Care Funding Levels

Find out if your community can afford its retiree health benefits … more

The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon

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

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

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

Support Service Contracting at Record Levels

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

More Schools Than Ever Use Private-Sector Firms to Provide Support Services

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

Number of School Districts Privatizing Services Continues to Grow

Districts see higher quality services for less money … more

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2017

Click here to view the PDF of the full study.
This is the 15th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 71.5 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services. … more

Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else

Another $1.2B in favors approved this year … more

Keep Michigan Taxes Limited

Michigan Sets the National Standard on Pensions

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

Mackinac Center: Michigan a National Innovator in Pension Reform

State addresses underfunding while protecting earned benefits … 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

Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan

State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis … 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

If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them

State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse

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

Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers

If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student … 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

Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough

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