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Jarrett Skorup

Policy Analyst

Jarrett Skorup is a policy analyst and Digital Engagement Manager 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 officiates high school wrestling.

He lives in Midland, MI with his wife, Karen, and children Grayson and Reagan.

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

Same Old Story on Energy Policy

Politicians show continued folly of central planning. … more

Commentary: 'Corporate Welfare' Hype Yields Few Economic Results

Sen. Debbie Stabenow Addresses the Issues

Commentary: 'Card Check’s' Big Lie Exposed

Other Big State Universities Tighten Their Belts — U-M Has Much To Learn

OSU and Kentucky Cut Back; U-M Has Much to Learn … more

Commentary: Tourism Study Flawed

State needs to abandon subsidy favors. … more

Commentary: Bailout of Student Loan Debt Is Not the Answer

Commentary: Stop Forcing Michigan Taxpayers To Pay for Government Union Stewards

The Importance of 'Sunshine Week'

Why Don't Superintendents Have Tenure?

No public employees should have it. … more

Train Wreck: Amtrak Is a Case Study in Government Waste

Subsidies for Amtrak, other rail projects should end. … more

Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy

Commentary: When Stadium Deals Fizzle, Taxpayers Lose

Bringing Freedom to Afghanistan

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