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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.

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

Study: Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, Schools $224 Million Per Year

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

Teachers Union Pushes Districts To Boycott Some University Students Over Politics

Students Forced Out of Schools Because State Dismissed Charter Company Plans

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

Small Business Owners Face Significant Challenges Operating in Detroit

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled. … more

While Local Governments Fight Food Trucks, State Subsidizes Some of Them

Unions are the Freeloaders

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

Expert: Higher Education Bubble Is Coming and States Better Prepare

Teachers Sue MEA To Escape Union

New Bill Would Shed Light On Asset Forfeiture In Michigan

State Workers Earn $5.8 Billion More in Benefits Than Private Sector Employees

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

Déjà Vu All Over Again For Auditor General Report On Select Subsidy Programs

Study: Michigan School Rankings Mostly Measure Poverty, Not Quality

College Subsidies a Growing Problem

Detroit Still Sending Tax Notices 15 Years After Company Closed

Flawed State Rankings Mean Some Principals Are Out of a Job

Bill Grants Big Businesses Power to Raise Taxes in 'Business Improvement Zones'

City Sued Over FOIA Fees

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

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

Lighting Water On Fire? Gas In Water Supplies Existed Long Before Fracking

Center Scholar Interview in Wall Street Journal

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

Study: Right-to-Work Laws Lead To More People, More Jobs and Higher Pay

Fracking Concerns Overblown; Risks Exist With All Energy Extraction

Two Democrats Join Republicans at Top of Tea Party Scorecard

New Medicaid Study: ‘Waivers Are Temporary, Expansion Is Forever’

Experts: Earthquakes, Water Usage Not Concerns With Fracking in Michigan

Study: Welfare Benefits Pay $28,872 Per Year In Michigan

State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

People should be investing in themselves. … more

State Report Card Ranks Some Top Schools Near the Bottom

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

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

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

Belle Isle Proposal To Be Featured On Fox Business

School Districts Spend Tens of Thousands On Losing Millage Requests