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Jarrett Skorup

Marketing and Strategic Outreach Manager

Jarrett Skorup is the Marketing and Strategic Outreach Manager at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts and overseeing policy campaigns and objectives. Prior to his current position, Skorup was a research associate at the Center.

Skorup is a graduate of Grove City College with degrees in history and political science. He also studied economics and religion. While there, he was captain of the college's wrestling and Ultimate Frisbee teams.

His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, MLive, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and many newspapers across the country.

A native of Sandwich, Illinois, Skorup is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He also officiates high school wrestling and enjoys fishing. In his free time, Skorup volunteers with his church, serves on committees with the local Chamber of Commerce, and works in the schools through Junior Achievement.

He lives in Midland, MI with his wife, Karen, and children Grayson and Reagan.

Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem

Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits … more

Let People Rent Out Their Property

New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services … more

Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy

Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill

Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment … more

‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat

State aid for colleges still wasteful … more

It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture

The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders … more

Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk

Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management … more

While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests

Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy

Legislators are considering it … more

The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan

(No) Right to Work

Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime

Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue … more

Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills

Senate bills 111-115 being considered … more

License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing

Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy … more

This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

Click here for a PDF of the full study.
The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.
This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole. … more

How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable

Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017 … more

Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names

Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture

Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan … more

More Transparency on the Way in Michigan

Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public … more

Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations

SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems … more

Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader

Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High

Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions

Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers … more

Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt

Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’ … more

To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations

Why the Motor City has so few plumbers … more

Pushing Back Against Government Takings

New bill would provide remedy for property violations … more

House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action

Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change … more

Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive

Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State … more

School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students

Politicking on the taxpayer dime … more

Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture

State should stop this end-run around the Constitution … more

Why Pension Reform Failed and How to Move Forward

People Help People, if Government Doesn’t Get in the Way

Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

District has come a long way … more

Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property … more

Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill

But call on state to require conviction … more

A Salute to Thomas Sowell

The great economist is retiring … more

What You Read in 2016: Our Top Stories of the Year

Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

New Legislature should take up pension spiking, release time in 2017 … more

Michigan Chips Away at Unjust Forfeiture Process

Citizens are no longer required to pay an upfront bond … more

Licensing Lobbyists Say Rolling Back Interior Designer Rules Will Cost Lives

Florida fight shows how ridiculous many regulations are … more

Mackinac in the News

Michigan Legislature Set to End Union Schemes

Special ‘release time’ and pension spiking arrangements unfair to taxpayers … more

Why School Choice is So Valuable

Detroit Schools doesn’t expect academic progress for a decade … more

Michigan’s Licensing Laws Prevent Poor from Accessing Health Care

How the New York Times Distorts the Performance of Detroit Charters

Best available research shows Detroit charter schools are successful … more

How Michigan Stands in the Way of Poor People Getting Medical Care

Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day

Mackinac experts discuss results in Wall Street Journal, others … more

Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field … more

Detroit’s Taxes, Regulations Keeping It Down

Skorup pens op-ed in The Detroit News … more

Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

FOIA is a legitimate accountability tool … more

Back to the Future for Taxpayer Stadium Funding in Detroit

Legislators should stand firm against special deals  … more

Michigan Legislature Can End 2016 Strong by Acting on Key Issues

Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing

Lawsuit Filed to Fight Michigan’s Ban on Tesla Sales

Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press … more

Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

Only 12.2 percent of MEA members feel they will have a comfortable retirement … more

Michigan Must Stop Keeping Peoples’ Property Without Conviction

Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio … more

An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates … more

What You Owe for Pensions

Michigan governments hold $3,800 per person in pension debt … more

Should Michigan Cities Be Allowed to Ban Pit Bulls?

Probably not … more

Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Prevent Crime

Detroit Should Lessen Licensing Requirements

Mackinac Center op-ed published in Wall Street Journal … more

Trump and Clinton are Both Wrong: Free Trade is Good for People

The benefits of trade in Michigan … more

The Most Important State Election This November: Michigan's Next House Speaker

Worker’s Choice Popular in Michigan, Nationwide

National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea … more

Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges … more

How a Government Transparency Request Can Take Months

Michigan’s Auto Sales Regulations Lead to Higher Prices

Free Press covers direct auto sales debate … more

Continuing the Work on Protecting Constitutional Rights

A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

And a step for Michigan to follow suit … more

Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

The problem with occupational licensing  … more

Snyder’s Veto of Aftermarket Auto Parts Bill a Win for Consumers

MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill … more

Clarifying Detroit Schools Release Time Policy

Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed … more

Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

New York Times covers fight to allow people to work … more

Gov. Snyder Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses … more

Taxpayers Spend Millions A Year on Union Activities

Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time … more

Moving Forward on Forfeiture Reform

Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill? … more

Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

Just look at the evidence … more

Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts

Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

Bill Simmons gets it right … more

Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs

Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions

How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases … more

Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options

Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers … more

The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions … more

Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

Local governments should get out of the way of private providers … more

What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff … more

Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press … more

Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing … more

Why Some Teachers Prefer a 401(k) Over a Pension

Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district … more

Michigan Parole Bill Would Revise Standards for Prisoner Release

Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take … more

Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan

Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction … more

Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state … more