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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.

Some Tea Partiers Gunning For Republican Senate Majority Leader

Fake Tea Party Scam Ends In Fraud Convictions

Our Mission For 2012 and Beyond: Continuing to Hold Their Feet to the Fire

Flashback: The Health Care Bill Is Full of Stocking Stuffers

Suggested Readings: The Best Books of 2011

Republican-led Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly to Continue 'Big Hollywood' Film Subsidy

Legislature Reforms Retiree Health Benefits

10 Stories Showing Why Mandatory Government Collective Bargaining Is Counterproductive

Dues and Don'ts

No one should be forced to pay dues to any organization. … more

Majority Rule

An overwhelming majority of economists side with liberty. … more

The Rich Are Getting Richer; So Are the Poor

Data trumps emotion ... again. … more

Free Lansing Lunch Event: The Future of Oil and Gas Energy in Michigan and the U.S.

Pot, Meet Kettle

Subsidized solar firms decry solar subsidies ... in China. … more

Conservative Scorecard Doesn’t Grade on a Curve

School District Seeking Tax Hike Challenged on Dollar Figures

Hall of Fame Quarterback Connects With CapCon

Fran Tarkenton contrasts the NFL and public schools. … more

It's Not Easy Subsidizing Green

Goverment should stop wasting money on green jobs. … more

More GOP Backlash Against Recall-Happy MEA?

State Senate pushing deeper school reforms lately. … more

Less Than 0.001 Percent of Tenured Teachers Fired Over Past Five Years

How Federal Money Doesn't Translate Into Jobs

Who spends money better, the government or private individuals? … more

Four School Districts Spend $525K in Attorney Fees Trying to Remove Four Tenured Teachers

Who Is the Real Target?

Government union involvement in recalls is a dangerous trend. … more

Teachers' Unions vs. Schoolchildren

The NAACP teams up with a New York City teachers' union to shut down charter schools for low-income students. … more

Selective Economics

Some argue that taxpayer bailouts of favored corporations create jobs, but that business tax cuts do not. … more

Michigan Business Owner: Tax Reform Means 'Our Company Will Create Jobs'

'A "Crisis" That Never Ends'

Tax Cuts vs. School Spending

Spending more on schools doesn't guarantee better results. … more

Anatomy of How to Kill a Tax Hike

Commentary: Five Easy Questions to Ask School Officials

Michigan Budget Helps the Afflicted

The governor's budget proposal would relieve the afflicted at the expense of the protected. … more

Brownfield Credits Are No Level Playing Field

There is nothing “fair” about unelected boards deciding which companies pay higher taxes and which companies pay less. … more

School District Saves $60K by Being More Transparent

Who Benefits From Lower Business Taxes?

Just as individuals respond to changes in their personal financial situations, businesses, too, are affected. And taxing business will surely give us less of it. … more

Do Pricing Guns Create Jobs?

Transparency Not Rapid for Kent Co. Transit Agency

A Transparency Fight in the Village of Armada

Natural Disasters Are Good?

It is only when you ignore the unseen that one can see a disaster that killed 6,000 people and left 300,000 homeless as a positive economic event. … more

A Tip on the Effects of Raising the Sub-Minimum Wage

Legislation introduced in Congress would increase the minimum wage for restaurant servers and other tipped workers. But raising the minimum wage, as Congress has done repeatedly the past few years, almost always generates unemployment higher than it would otherwise be, and is a net loss for society and the poor. … more

A Lesson on Public-Sector Unions

With public employee unions throwing tantrums in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan over proposed budget cuts, it’s worth remembering that no matter how out of whack they get, government employee compensation levels will never be enough for these unions. This attitude is in the DNA of public-sector unions, and it defines their reason for existing. … more

Education Group Documentary Aims to Show 'Kids Aren't Cars'

Government Is Not a Jobs Bank

Regardless of what the public employee unions believe they are entitled to, Michigan taxpayers and businesses are not getting better service despite paying higher costs. The purpose of government is to provide necessary services for the least cost, not provide a jobs program and wealth transfer from the people to public employees and their unions. … more

Weekly Roundup - Jan. 29

Tax Hikes Chase Jimmy John's From Illinois

While Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches had planned to expand in its hometown of Champaign, Ill., new massive tax hikes from the Illinois Legislature are sending Jimmy John's looking to relocate in more business-friendly states. … more

Weekly Roundup - Jan. 22

Illinois Jobs Coming to Michigan?

Early this week, on its last day of session, a lame-duck Illinois Legislature passed a 67-percent income tax increase, along with large business and corporate tax hikes. The measure was approved by just a single vote, and was shrouded in backroom deals and payoffs to constituency groups across the board. The Chicago Tribune’s lead editorial the following day had a short headline: “Goodbye, Jobs.” … more

The Rose-Colored Glasses of Political Dusk

Despite political spin, Michiganders shouldn't be convinced that the economy right in front of their faces is a sign of progress. … more

Projections vs. Reality

Weekly Roundup - Dec. 18

MEA Executive Salaries 'Not Based on Merit'

Weekly Roundup - Dec. 11

Don't Tenure Current Teacher Tenure Law

Don't Tenure Current Teacher Tenure Law

The Michigan Legislature recently debated a modest teacher tenure reform bill that passed in the Senate but then died when the House failed to act. The issue will surely return in the 2011 session, and when it does, lawmakers should consider the following:
Under current law, it is nearly impossible to fire a tenured teacher, no matter how ineffective. … more

Bi-partisan Disagreement Over Ethanol

Weekly Roundup - Dec. 4

Ethanol for Duckies

In the waning days of the lame-duck Congress, a bipartisan fight is brewing over federal handouts to encourage production of corn ethanol, with competing letters urging the continuation or end of these subsidies. … more

Does Anyone Still Believe in Ethanol?

Does Anyone Still Believe in Ethanol?

While speaking overseas this week, former presidential candidate Al Gore took some questions about corn-based ethanol. So what does the green guru think about the fuel that was supposed to wean us off of foreign oil and cut carbon emissions? … more

Reading Between the Billboard Lines

Critics Challenge Choosing Upton as Energy Chair

Reading Between the Billboard Lines

The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association says the taxpayer-funded Pure Michigan advertising "pays off in the long run." But apparently the MLTA isn't confident enough about the long run to put up their own money. … more

Weekly Roundup - Nov. 13

Ethanol Could Go on GOP Chopping Block

Minimum Wage for Thee But Not for Me?

Experience is Good, Except When it’s Not

Weekly Roundup - Oct. 30

Experts Say CAFE Still Kills Despite Congressional Support

Tax Rates Matter

As the governor's race heats up, it is refreshing to see an occasional area of agreement between the candidates; especially when the agreement makes good economic sense. … more

Weekly Roundup - Oct. 23

Conyers Hits Obama Administration, Tea Party at Socialist Event

Bribing Voters?

There are a lot of people who need help in our current economy, but taking from one group to give to another merely encourages the idea that government is there to provide for all of your needs rather than serving to protect all citizens equally. … more

Healthcare Corporatism

Big Business thrives off of Big Government, and as long as government is involved in certain sectors of the economy, these political favors will not end. … more

Weekly Roundup - Oct. 16

A 19th Century Solution to a 21st Century Issue

Detroit's current "light rail" system has been called a "Horizontal Elevator to Nowhere" and the "least cost-effective transit project in the last 20 years." So what's the response to this epic disaster of central planning from the political class? To build more, of course.  … more

Green Investments Yield Little ‘Green’

Bailout Wal-Mart?

Bailout Wal-Mart?

Weekly Roundup - Oct. 9

Weekly Roundup - Oct. 2

Weekly Roundup - Sept. 25

Media Groups Aims to Stop ‘Bailout’ of Journalism

Weekly Roundup - Sept. 18

Weekly Roundup - September 11

Michigan Charter Schools Host ‘Meet the Candidate’ Nights

Weekly Roundup - August 28

Comstock Public Schools Shows Taxpayers the Money

‘Spending Revolt’ Bus Tour Comes to Michigan

Weekly Roundup - August 21

Wayland Schools Show Taxpayers the Money

The Public Employee Union Problem

Weekly Roundup - August 14

Weekly Roundup - August 7

This Week In Michigan - July 31

This Week In Michigan - July 24th

Do Unemployment Benefits Stimulate the Economy?

There's valid argument that a compassionate society with a dynamic economy should provide unemployment benefits, and a legitimate debate regarding how much and how long. But recently, some have gone beyond this and argued not only that these benefits are necessary, but that they actually stimulate the economy. … more

This Week In Michigan - July 18

This Week In Michigan, July 4