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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.

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

Prop 2 Would Change at Least 170 Laws

Big labor trying to make a difference without distinction. … more

Renewable Energy Mandate Backers Have Deep 'Green' Pockets

MEDC Removes Video of Obama, Top Dems Praising Failed Battery Company

A123 had been touted by President Obama, Gov. Granholm. … more

NEA Recognizes Need for STEM Teachers

But won't budge on salary flexibility. … more

Sticky Data in Item Pricing 'Study'

Michigan Citizen Action opposes technology, productivity. … more

Is the Horseshoer on Strike?

Detroit union goes on strike; ignores $6 billion debt. … more

Proposal 2 Could Protect Teachers Who Are Drunk, Dealing Drugs in the Classroom

State, Nation Have a Long Way to Go

Two new reports detail economic ranking of Michigan, U.S. … more

Do Prop 4 Supporters Know What It's About?

Disability advocate appears confused on ballot measure. … more

Which Ballot Proposals Are 'Grassroots'?

A look at who is behind the Nov. 6 ballot proposals. … more

Economic Development a Campaign Tool

Subsidies help politicians look like they're "doing something." … more

The Greatest Man You’ve Never Heard Of: Norman Borlaug, An American Hero

What the ‘Protect Our Jobs’ Amendment Would Mean For Michigan

SEIU Dues Skim All About Politics

SEIU president reveals political agenda at DNC convention. … more

State Spends $42.8 Million on Disability Payments, Recipients' Afflictions Unknown

SEIU Ballot Language Disconnected From Reality

Line-by-line look at the ballot proposal. … more

No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

Film Subsidy Money Has to Come From Somewhere

It's like "feeding sparrows through a horse." … more

Commentary: A Different Kind of 'Waste'

Detroit Water and Sewage Dept. and government unions. … more

State Gives Company $1.65 Million, Creates Zero Jobs and Goes Out of Business

SEIU Ballot Proposal Raises Questions

Union has skimmed $30 million from caregivers. … more

A Bipartisan Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On

New Report Card Compares High School Test Scores and Adjusts For Economic Status

Teacher's Pet

School employees shouldn't get special treatment on pensions. … more

Emergency Managers Are Bad, Bankruptcy Far Worse

EM's a less painful alternative for desperate cities. … more

Select Tax Breaks For State 'Renaissance Zones' Program Returns One-Fifth of Predicted Jobs

Commentary: Shifting School Employees to a 401(k) Is the Most Important Thing

State Program Awards $67 Million, Creates One-Third of Projected Jobs

Jobs Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Licensing and regulation overkill hurts job market. … more

Putting Up Gutters and Putting Down Tile Will Cost You in Michigan

Minimum Wage, Maximum Harm

Why Michigan's minimum wage shouldn't be increased. … more

Taxpayers Pay Twice for Union 'Release Time'

Union bosses doing union work on taxpayers' dime. … more

Learn to be a Citizen Watchdog

'Green' Energy Agenda Exposed

It's not really about energy at all. … more

Paint by Numbers

State licensing mandates unnecessary, burdensome. … more

GOP Budget Spends More on Film Subsidies

Republicans want to keep giving your money to Hollywood. … more

Commentary: States and Federal Government Should Stop Funding Higher Education

Michigan Senate Takes Up Bill to Ban Government Union Stewards Working on Taxpayers' Dime

Commentary: Productivity Leads To Prosperity

How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws to Hold Government Accountable

Corporate Welfare Backers Change Tune

Subsidies now about "groundwork" after jobs fail to materialize. … more

Commentary: Arbitrarily Low College Loan Interest Rates Harm Students, Taxpayers

Commentary: Laws Should Be Just, Benefit Consumers