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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.

Licensing Lunacy

Legislators should reduce occupational licensing burden. … more

As ‘Higher Education Bubble’ Accelerates, Alternatives Emerge

MichiganVotes: Senate Bill Would Increase Government Housing Subsidies

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

Crony Capitalism: The Movie

Michigan’s Craziest Laws

MichiganVotes: Legislation Grants More Money, Taxpayer Debt For University Construction

Targeted Incentives Have Gone Too Far

Targeting industries not the way … more

Republican U.S. Rep. Upton Joins Dems to Uphold Mandatory Union-Scale Wages

MichiganVotes: Senate Bill Aims to Bolster Corporate Welfare

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Michigan Outspends Florida on Education But Does Worse Than The Sunshine State

Films or Potholes?

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

Manager of the 'City That Outsourced Everything' Says Privatization Can Help Michigan

MichiganVotes: Legislation Would Eliminate Licensing Mandate on Dietitians, Nutritionists

Of Course Merit Pay Is a Good Idea

Time for public schools to catch on. … more

Michigan Votes: Bill Would Lessen Mandates on Landscape Architects

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

Michigan Tea Party Group Says It Is A Victim of IRS Discrimination

Everyone Loves Tax Cuts

SEIU Tries to Continue Dues Scheme

Leaked document maps out 'dues skim' plan. … more

MichiganVotes: Proposed Bill Would Provide Accountability For Land Banks

Oregon Study Suggests Michigan Medicaid Expansion Not Worth the Cost

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust. … more

Michigan's Craziest Laws: Don't Seduce An Unmarried Woman or Dance to the National Anthem

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

But some Republicans want to protect corporate welfare. … more

Despite Repeal Attempts, Michigan State Law Mandates Unlicensed Dogs Be Killed

Public School Lobbying Worse Than 'Skunk Works'

Concerns about "backroom dealings" insincere. … more

Time to Overhaul Auto Insurance Laws

New proposal worth consideration. … more

How Taxpayers Are Funding Political Lobbying

Expert: Medicaid Expansion Means Increased Costs For Worse Service

Subsidies Drive Up College Costs

State should decrease subsidies, force schools to compete. … more

Facts On Right-to-Work In Michigan and How Workers Can Get Out Of Their Union

Entrepreneur Survey Ranks Michigan Among the Worst In the Nation For Small Businesses

Higher Scrutiny of Government 'Investments'

Mascoma pulls IPO, questionable subsidies remain. … more

Five Reasons Government Subsidies For Films Are A Bad Idea

Union Rushes Contract To Avoid Right-to-Work; 'Put This Whole Nightmare Behind Us!'

Michigan Airport Home To No Planes Or Hangars Receives Over $150K A Year In Tax Dollars

Media Ignores Costs In Film Coverage

Lawmakers exchange bad policy for Hollywood glitz. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Already Paid for 'Oz'

Disney gets $40 million subsidy; has $4.8 billion profit. … more

Five Reasons the Government Shouldn’t Subsidize Higher Education

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

Big Business Supports Minimum Wage Hikes

Lobbying intended to hurt mom-and-pop competitors. … more

Union Time on Your Dime

Taxpayers still funding union work on school time. … more

College Subsidies Redistribute from Poor to Rich

Graduation rates unchanged despite increased aid. … more

The Facts on Subsidized College Degrees

More government spending equals higher costs. … more

Road Funding or Film Subsidies?

GOP legislators have hard time prioritizing. … more

LG Chem: A Look Back At the Failed Predictions

More Is Never Enough

When it comes to public school funding. … more

Five Reasons The Government Shouldn’t Subsidize Higher Education

UAW Prez: SEIU ‘Dues Skim’ More Important Than RTW

A candid interview reveals stealth unionizations were key. … more

Media's Assumption About Government Spending

Cuts are always bad, more spending is always good. … more

Robots Are Good

Productivity and efficiency bring prosperity. … more

SEIU Dues Skim Surpasses $34 Million

Scheme comes to an end Feb. 28; legal challenges continue. … more

Unions Fight to Use Dues for Politics

Not all the money goes toward collective bargaining. … more

More Preschool Spending Not The Answer

Right-to-Work Law Means Less Money For Union Political Power Grabs

Media Skews Charter Public School Study

Reporters ignore large student gains. … more

Government Is Different From Unions

The fallacy of a 'right-to-live' law. … more

The Public Employee Union Problem

Right-to-Work Gives Teachers a Choice

Association of American Educators offers an option. … more

Right-to-Work Laws Are Not Inspired By Hitler

How Will Michigan House Members Confront ‘Fiscal Cliff’?

Terrible Track Record

Government's "green" venture caplitalism experiment a failure. … more

'We'll Be At Your Daughter's Soccer Game!'

Union Steward Paid $100K By Taxpayers Attends Rally Advocating Against Them

Union steward compares right-to-work bill with Hitler. … more

Easy Rider

The data doesn't always tell the story on motorcycle crashes. … more

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work

The Intellectual Firepower Against Right-to-Work

Who's who on right-to-work. … more

Taxpayer-Funded Stadiums a Lose-Lose Proposition

If Ilitch wants new home for Red Wings, he should pay for it. … more

The Union ‘Free-Rider Problem’ Myth in Right-to-Work Debate

The Human Side of Right-to-Work Legislation

Real people who have been hurt by forced unionization. … more

Governor: Bill Will Be Introduced To Make Michigan 24th Right-To-Work State

Michigan Still Worse Economically Than RTW Oklahoma

Michigan Education Association props up faulty numbers. … more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

Center a lone voice against corporate welfare for 25 years. … more

Another Look at Hydraulic Fracturing

State should embrace safe, inexpensive energy source. … more

Right-to-Work Law Would Help Ensure Government Unions Could Not Elect Their Own Bosses

Less Than 1 Percent of Michigan Teachers Rated 'Ineffective'

MEA Misleads on Oklahoma Right-to-Work Numbers

An honest discussion will require honest numbers. … more

Unions, Government Entities Team Up to Keep Information From Citizens

Despite Rampant Tenure Abuses, Proposal 2 Would Wipe Out Slight Reform

Proposal 2 Is Not Good For Government Union Workers

Prop 4 Not About Home Care

It's about the SEIU taking money from vulnerable residents. … more

Prop 2 Supporters Putting Out Questionable Info

Campaign of misinformation exposed by Center analysts. … more

Prop 3 Can't Change the Laws of Economics

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can. … more

Secret Democrat Supreme Court Plan: Run Irish Women Candidates

Proposal 2 Is Not Simply About Collective Bargaining

Prop 2 ballot language underlines political agenda. … more

Prop 4 Op-Ed in Detroit Free Press Ungrounded

Platitudes, falsities and "faux outrage." … more

Dead Batteries

LG Chem workers "have nothing to do." … more

Father Taking Care of His Disabled Adult Kids Called An 'Idiot' by Proposal 4 Spokesman

A123 Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another failure of central planning. … more

Schools Create Their Own FOIA Interpretation

Prop 2 would make government even less transparent. … more