James M. Hohman

James M. Hohman is the director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Articles

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

May 15, 2020 | James M. Hohman, Gilda Jacobs

As the state does its part, one better way to reduce government spending would be to turn to Ford, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler, recipients of public taxpayer dollars.

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

May 2, 2020 | Craig Thiel, James M. Hohman

Local governments were already carrying pension debt before recent market declines. Now they will struggle to pay for losses their plans have incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

September 19, 2019 | James M. Hohman

Maybe the state Legislature shouldn’t be debating how much money to give Michigan’s public universities, but how little. It’s time for taxpayer-supported colleges to get serious about financial restraint.

Concentrated benefits, diffused costs: How popular are public subsidies of private business, anyway?

Concentrated benefits, diffused costs: How popular are public subsidies of private business, anyway?

January 27, 2017 | James M. Hohman

One way to find out would be to put these economic-development handouts to a vote. San Diego said no to a new stadium, but Detroiters didn’t get a voice on theirs.

Rising university costs, not falling state aid, is the real reason for lack of affordability

Rising university costs, not falling state aid, is the real reason for lack of affordability

April 22, 2016 | James M. Hohman, Jarrett Skorup

Skyrocketing tuition can only be flattened by a massive state-aid injection, these analysts say. And Michigan has better things to do with that kind of money.