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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 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