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Jarrett Skorup

Policy Analyst

Jarrett Skorup is a policy analyst and Digital Engagement Manager at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is also the content manager for Michigan Capitol Confidential. 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. He was a student fellow at the Center for Vision & Values, the school's research and scholarship think tank.

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, Bears and Bulls. Besides studying and writing about public policy, he officiates high school wrestling. In his free time, Skorup also 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.

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

March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

Bet with friends at your own risk … more

Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

City unfairly targeted the group … more

State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live

Another reason to loosen labor regulations … more

A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden

Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work … more

Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law

What Senate Bill 571 actually does … more

Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing

Free event in Lansing next month … more

Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others … more

What You Read Last Year: Our Top Stories of 2015

How Local Governments Advocate for Tax Increases

Senate bill 571 looks to curb abuses … more

Do You Feel Endangered When You Travel Out of State?

Licensing laws are arbitrary … more

Why is it Better to be Middle Class Than Upper Class?

Income inequality is not the real problem … more

Republicans Backtracking on Previous Good Tax Work

Shooting more holes in the tax code with data center deal … more

Want to Buy a Tesla in Michigan? Too Bad, You Can't

How People Are Prosecuted For Breaking Laws They Don’t Know Exist

Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks

Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelcase pyramid deal … more

Stopping Special Union Deals in Michigan

Two important bills have passed the state Senate … more

Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime in Michigan

China’s One-Child Policy and the ‘Ultimate Resource’

The costs of China's recently-lifted reproductive restrictions … more

Forfeiture: What Next?

Take a look at bonding … more

Senate Votes for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Detroit Free Press quotes Skorup on development … more

Unanimous Forfeiture Vote Brings Greater Transparency and Accountability

'These bills are a great first step…' … more

Why Believers in Limited Government Should Support Forfeiture Reform

Why the right should support forfeiture reform in Michigan … more

State Media Covers Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Mackinac Center releases study with ACLU of Michigan … more

ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture

Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens … more

Civil Forfeiture in Michigan: A Review and Recommendations for Reforms

Forfeiture is a practice by which law enforcement transfers assets – cash, vehicles, homes, etc. – from private citizens to the government. Criminal forfeiture occurs after the conviction of a person and is widely-accepted as legitimate.
The problem is with civil forfeiture.
Civil forfeiture occurs outside of the criminal justice system and does not require a conviction of a crime. This has led to instances of abuse in Michigan, which has among the lowest-rated forfeiture laws in the United States. The Mackinac Center believes property should only be transferred from citizens to the government after a criminal conviction is secured.
This study explains how civil forfeiture works, how it differs from criminal forfeiture and what reforms state policymakers should consider in order to protect the rights of Michigan residents. … more

Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion

Bills on forfeiture working through legislature … more

Michigan Taxpayers Spend Over $3 Million a Year on Union Release Time

Mackinac Center releases new data for union time on the taxpayer dime … more

Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work

You’re in the 1 Percent

We can have policy differences while keeping perspective … more

Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

Supermarket chain investigated for low prices … more

Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

Bills move on to full Senate … more

Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it. … more

Subsidies Stop for Michigan’s Film Industry

More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

College costs exploding … more

Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

Google Hangout on the topic tonight … more

New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems

Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices … more

Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal

Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system … more

National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws

Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature … more

There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads

It’s all about legislative priorities … more

Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program … more

Florida Shouldn't Follow Michigan's Film Path

National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening? … more

Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll … more

Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them … more

CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public … more

The Problem of Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle … more

Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing