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Jarrett Skorup

Director of Marketing and Strategy

Jarrett Skorup is the director of marketing and strategy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts and overseeing policy campaigns and objectives. He has worked in a variety of roles at the center since 2009.

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.

His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, National Public Radio, MLive, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and many newspapers across the country.

A native of Sandwich, Illinois, Skorup is an avid Chicago sports fan. He also officiates high school wrestling and enjoys fishing. In his free time, Skorup 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.

Productive Skills, Not College Degrees, Key to Economic Prosperity

A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’ … more

Ex-Con Working as Nurse Gets Denied License When Moving to Michigan

Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation … more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school … more

The Most Bizarre Licenses in Michigan

How to Regulate Vacation Rentals in Michigan

And why property rights need to be secured … more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet for SEIU Healthcare-Michigan … more

Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives

New report backs up legislators … more

Let Them Fill Growlers

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom … more

Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services

Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree

Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members? … more

How to Encourage Local Internet Development

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it … more

Local Governments Are Not in Debt Because of Less Revenue Sharing

It's time to address unfunded liabilities … more

City Claims It Will Cut Almost Everything Without a ‘Needed’ Tax Hike

But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first … more

When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society … more

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all … more

Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks … more

Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward … more

How to Strike a Balance on Short-Term Rentals

Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together … more

Consumers Don’t Need a Law to Limit Competition

Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol … more

Short-Term Rentals Are Good for Michigan

State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing … more

More State Oversight Needed for Government Assistance Programs

Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs … more

It’s Time to Allow Direct Vehicle Sales

You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan … more

Arbitrary Licensing Requirements Should be Scrapped

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism … more

Former Congressman Dave Camp on Where Tax Reform is Heading in D.C.

How a Private Arts Festival Thrives

ArtPrize is in its ninth year … more

Legislature Takes Aim at Rolling Back Harmful Licensing Laws

These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money … more

Flatten the Tax Code

Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems … more

The Key Barriers Promoting Inequality

Some agreement between the left and the right … more

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success … more

How State Licensing Rules Harmed Flood Recovery

Michigan Sets the National Standard on Pensions

Trump Labor Secretary Joins Bipartisan Call for Licensure Reform

Obama administration also wanted changes … more

As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It

Preserving property rights is essential … more

A Solution to Local Government Debt

Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now … more

Michigan Cities are Banning People From Renting Out Their Property

Why Does Michigan License Painters?

Few other states do … more

Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet

Most municipal broadband projects losing money … more

Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee

These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many. … more

New Salary Database Shows Value of Government Transparency

Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem

Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits … more

Let People Rent Out Their Property

New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services … more

Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy

Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill

Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment … more

‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat

State aid for colleges still wasteful … more

It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture

The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders … more

Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk

Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management … more

While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests

Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy

Legislators are considering it … more

The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan

(No) Right to Work

Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime

Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue … more

Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills

Senate bills 111-115 being considered … more

License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing

Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy … more

This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

Click here for a PDF of the full study.
The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.
This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole. … more

How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable

Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017 … more

Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names

Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture

Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan … more

More Transparency on the Way in Michigan

Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public … more

Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations

SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems … more

Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader

Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High

Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions

Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers … more

Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt

Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’ … more

To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations

Why the Motor City has so few plumbers … more

Pushing Back Against Government Takings

New bill would provide remedy for property violations … more

House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action

Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change … more

Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive

Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State … more

School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students

Politicking on the taxpayer dime … more

Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture

State should stop this end-run around the Constitution … more

Why Pension Reform Failed and How to Move Forward

People Help People, if Government Doesn’t Get in the Way

Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

District has come a long way … more

Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property … more

Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill

But call on state to require conviction … more

A Salute to Thomas Sowell

The great economist is retiring … more

What You Read in 2016: Our Top Stories of the Year

Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

New Legislature should take up pension spiking, release time in 2017 … more

Michigan Chips Away at Unjust Forfeiture Process

Citizens are no longer required to pay an upfront bond … more

Licensing Lobbyists Say Rolling Back Interior Designer Rules Will Cost Lives

Florida fight shows how ridiculous many regulations are … more

Mackinac in the News

Michigan Legislature Set to End Union Schemes

Special ‘release time’ and pension spiking arrangements unfair to taxpayers … more

Why School Choice is So Valuable

Detroit Schools doesn’t expect academic progress for a decade … more

Michigan’s Licensing Laws Prevent Poor from Accessing Health Care

How the New York Times Distorts the Performance of Detroit Charters

Best available research shows Detroit charter schools are successful … more

How Michigan Stands in the Way of Poor People Getting Medical Care

Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day

Mackinac experts discuss results in Wall Street Journal, others … more

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