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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.

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

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

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

Lawmakers Say No to Business Subsidies

Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve

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

Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?

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