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Jarrett Skorup

Research Associate

Jarrett Skorup is a research associate at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is also the content manager for Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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 son, Grayson.

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

Politicians Cannot Be Trusted To Properly Fund Pensions

Unfunded liabilities undermine trust in pension systems. … more

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

New Red Wings arena won't save city. … more

Licensing Lunacy

Legislators should reduce occupational licensing burden. … more

Financial Literacy the Key to Independence

Don't rely on the government to teach you how. … more

Garage Band

Governments pushing regulatory regime too far. … more

Targeted Incentives Have Gone Too Far

Targeting industries not the way … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Films or Potholes?

Hollywood corporate welfare could be used to fix roads. … more

Of Course Merit Pay Is a Good Idea

Time for public schools to catch on. … more

Oakland Schools and the Tri-County Alliance

Focused on more money, less parental choice. … more

Head Start a False Start

Follow the research to help low-income students … more

Movie Made in Israel Gets Michigan Tax Dollars