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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.

Even Amended, Michigan’s Paid Sick Leave Would Cost Employers $1.1 Billion

But original proposal was much worse … more

Amazon and Foxconn Ignite Opposition To Business Subsidies

Lawmakers Have the Authority to Repeal Paid Leave Act

The margarine wars show that the Legislature has the power … more

A Look at What Happens After Minimum Wage Hikes in Michigan

Job growth drives low-income wage increases more than legal minimums … more

Amazon and Foxconn Ignite Opposition To Business Subsidies

Expensive jobs announcements don’t foster economic growth … more

Just A Reminder Of The Growing State Budget

Tax cuts cost much less than recent budget increases … more

Cities and Suburbs Should Grow Together

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs … more

Seventy Percent of Michigan School Districts Contract Out for Services

Latest survey results show continued widespread use of private contractors … more

The State Budget is Larger Than $10 Billion

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes … more

How to Control the Pension Debt

Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies

Most jobs are created without state support … more

Michigan Wages and Benefits Recovers

But private-sector compensation lags … more

How to Control the Pension Debt

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control … more

What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

How Taxpayers Get Fleeced in Michigan

More money is not turning into better government services … more

Spending Interests Want Spending

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from … more

Can a Scorecard Change an Issue?

What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash … more

State Lawmakers Should Cut Business Subsidies Even More Next Year

Michigan Catching Up On State Employee Pension Debt

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed … more

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Fiscal Policy Legacy

Politicians Subsidize Less Than 1 Percent of Job Creation

Taxpayer dollars wasted subsidizing a tiny fraction of the econom … more

A Lesson in Endpoint Bias

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation? … more

How Business Subsidies Cut to the Front of the Line for Michigan Tax Dollars

Politicians focus on higher status than taxpayers … more

Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending … more

When We Pay Administrators to Lie to Us

Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives … more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars … more

Getting More College Grads Won’t Improve State Prosperity

Many factors play into an area's income growth … more

New Scorecard Ranks Every Michigan Legislator on Corporate Handouts

Tracks every vote of nearly 500 lawmakers since 2001 … more

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

What I Would Like To See From Campaigns This Year

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

Buying Amazon

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

The Flexible State Budget

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