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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.

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

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

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