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Jarrett Skorup

Digital Engagement Manager

Jarrett Skorup is Digital Engagement Manager and a policy analyst 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 coaches and officiates high school wrestling.

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

Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies

Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

$500 million later, 100 fewer jobs. … more

More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

Pension liabilities still a looming problem. … more

10 Facts About Pension Systems in Michigan

Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million

Michigan Debt Per Taxpayer: $19,300

Oakland – the County That Could (Reform Its Pensions)

Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing

Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work. … more

Pension Systems Hurt Workers, Taxpayers

Defined-benefit plans cannot be supported. … more

How Cities Are Solving Their Pension Problems – and the Bill That Makes It Easier

Why Are Some Tea Party Supporters Fighting Proposal 1 In Michigan?

What Will Cities Do To Solve Their Pension Problems?

The Worst Funded Pension Systems In Michigan

GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues

Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

Better income potential. … more

Three Former State Representatives Crowd The Race For Michigan's 13th Senate District

Pricey GOP Primary Race For Michigan’s 4th Congressional District

Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District

Hunting Fees Going To Private Landowners

What Do Teachers Want to Support?

RTW allows them to skip union's political bent. … more

Agricultural Price Controls are the Pits

Michigan cherry farmers, others, affected … more

Political Experience Separates Candidates In 98th District House GOP Primary

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

Personal Property Tax Plan Would Cut Taxes By $500 Million

Court Upholds Law Banning Automatic Wage Increases For Public Employees

Legislature Considering More Transparency For Asset Forfeiture

Minimizing The Damage From Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

Grazed and Confused

Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem. … more

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

Stats show RTW states enjoying growth. … more

Income Growth In Right-to-Work States Significantly Higher

Mackinac Events Update

Right-to-Work States Dominating In Job Growth

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads impact everyone. … more

Here Is Who Voted For The Detroit Bailout and To Not Close Pension System

Detroit Bailout Bill Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For New Pension Underfunding

False Fears About Fracking

Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene. … more

The Detroit Bailout and Meaningful Pension Reform

MEGA Failure: Job Projections From Michigan Tax Credit Program Rarely Came True

MEA: Too Many People Making $ Off Public Schools

MEA president made $212,848 last year. … more

Reforming Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Legislature should follow Minnesota's example. … more

States Spending Less Money On K-12 Education Get Better Results

The Debate Over School Spending

Teacher pension costs really are part of classroom spending. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Paying More Money for Fewer Workers

Which Michigan School Districts Pay The Most?

Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

Credits school choice for its role in his success. … more

From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

Regulations often hinder people from work … more

How Michigan Can Fix Its Pension Problems

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Three polls on Detroit bailout, three outcomes. … more

Tax Freedom Day In Michigan

Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat

Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants

Minimum Wage Hike Puts Politics Over People

State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'

Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

Credited with saving 1 billion people. … more

College Spending Results Questioned

More money doesn't yield better results. … more

Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants

Moderate Steps for Brewers, Industry Freedom

No reason for Legislature not to do more. … more

What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers. … more

Unlicensed Dogs Get New Leash On Life; Taxpayers Due A Refund In Traverse City

Why Good Tax Reform is Difficult

Special interests battle Rep. Camp's plan. … more

Fairy Tale Minimum Wage Economics

Ballot backers actually think there won't be job loss. … more

Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood. … more

Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out

VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

UAW loses when secret ballot is allowed. … more

Commentary: Focus on Post-Secondary Education Shifting

It doesn't always have to mean college. … more

Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

And why that myth is so damaging. … more

The Best Plan for Michigan Tax Reform

Lower rates, fewer exceptions. … more

$1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

Majority of Michigan GOP delegation voted for it. … more

Free Press: School Funding Up Under Gov. Snyder

Paper substantiates what Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported. … more

Schauer, Other Michigan Dems Call For Higher Minimum Wage While Paying Interns Nothing

The World Is Getting Better and Better

Harming the Competition

Why some companies want a higher minimum wage. … more

Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

MSU professor's presentation questioned. … more

Kent County Land Bank Is Not a Good Deal For Citizens

Budget Watchdog: Debt Burden In Michigan Now $25,300 Per Taxpayer

Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit

Energy Expert: Michigan Should Eliminate Its Utility Monopoly For Lower Prices

For State Employees, 2014 Means Finally Having the Freedom To Choose

Commentary: RTW States Doing Better

Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states. … more

Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

Bipartisan bills address issue. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Paying Far More Money For Far Fewer State Workers

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each. … more

The World Is Getting Better and Better

Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years.  … more

Bill Would Limit Asset Forfeiture In Michigan Without Criminal Conviction

Study: Michigan Students Benefit from Using 'Schools of Choice'

Helping the Little Guy: Relieve Occupational Licensing Requirements and Fees

MichiganVotes: New Bill Would Allow You to Sell Event Tickets Without Fear of Arrest

Not So Criminal Minds: Government Convicts People Who Do Not Knowingly Commit Crimes

Fact and Fiction About Right-to-Work: A Reality Check at the One-Year Anniversary

Does the MEA Believe in 'Sanctity of Contracts?'

Not when it comes to illegal teacher strikes. … more

Legislators Worried About Beer Logos

Perhaps they've solved the serious issues. … more

Land Banks Profit By Cutting In Front of People Wanting To Buy Property

More Money, Higher Taxes Not the Solution for Detroit

Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Skill Workers

Schauer proposal would mean increased costs. … more