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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.

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

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

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

Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education. … more

House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive. … more

Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality

Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan. … more

House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture … more

You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan … more

Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback … more

Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome' … more

Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax … more

Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

There's still no good evidence for this program … more

Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

Legislature should curtail these needless regulations … more

Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

Results show the investment is not worth it … more

Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?

Program is a waste of taxpayer money. … more

House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

$500 million spent for no permanent jobs … more

How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income

No benefits to consumers to be found. … more

The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

Michigan should end the MEDC … more

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority. … more

Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules. … more

The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

Legislators look to fix budget overspending. … more

Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

Good progress in 2013, more to be done. … more

Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts. … more

Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

Now state needs to step up. … more

Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities. … more

Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform

Transparency, rule of law should be the focus. … more

RTW 'Freeloader' Claim Still a Farce

MEA is the one freeloading off of teachers. … more

Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

A 'race to the bottom.' … more

No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

House, Senate seats the result of where people choose to live … more

A 'Silver Lining' to Potholes?

A lesson from 1850 by Frederic Bastiat. … more

Checking the Facts

Brighton union, district agree with Center on facts. … more

Senate Votes to Continue Film Subsidies

Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors? … more

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

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

Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

Better income potential. … more

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

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

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads impact everyone. … more

False Fears About Fracking

Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene. … more

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

The Debate Over School Spending

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

Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

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

Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

Regulations often hinder people from work … more

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Three polls on Detroit bailout, three outcomes. … more

Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

Credited with saving 1 billion people. … more

College Spending Results Questioned

More money doesn't yield better results. … more

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

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

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

Harming the Competition

Why some companies want a higher minimum wage. … more

Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

MSU professor's presentation questioned. … more

Commentary: RTW States Doing Better

Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states. … more

Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

Bipartisan bills address issue. … more

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

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

Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Skill Workers

Schauer proposal would mean increased costs. … more

Public Sector Wants More From Taxpayers

Shrinking private sector foots the bill. … more

Brewers Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Nonsensical rules hurt everyone, not just Budweiser. … more

House Chips Away at Licensing Mandates

Senate continues to ignore reforms. … more

Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

State needs fewer regulations, more jobs. … more

Michigan Auto Insurance Reform a Must

New CRC report highlights discrepancies. … more

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled. … more

Unions are the Freeloaders

Forced dues spent on politics, benefits for union staff. … more

Why Does the State License Barbers?

Barber licensing bill doesn't go far enough. … more

More College Subsidies a Poor Investment

Higher spending doesn't mean a better economy. … more

SEIU Under Investigation over Prop 4

Dues skim took $35 million from Medicaid recipients. … more

From Here to Eternity?

Corporate welfare for movies appears permanent. … more

College Subsidies a Growing Problem

More money, more issues. … more

Center Scholar Interview in Wall Street Journal

Dr. Richard Vedder on college subsidies and rising costs. … more

State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

People should be investing in themselves. … more

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

Licensing reform is one place to start. … more

MEA Should Support Teacher Evaluations

Seniority doesn't always equal effectiveness. … more