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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.

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

This Week In Michigan

Analysis: Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

This Week In Michigan

Noteworthy news that you may have missed this week…

Noteworthy News You May Have Missed This Week

Granholm Group Promotes Controversial Green Activist

The Granholm Leadership Fund, a political action committee started by the governor, is promoting an event for controversial former White House advisor, Van Jones. … more

Onsted Community Schools Shows Taxpayers the Money

Conyers: “Rational Abilities” of Tea Partiers are “Compromised”

Tea Party Events Across Michigan

Activist Notebook: 'TEA Party Express' Touring Michigan

Private vs. Public Sector

Norman Borlaug: An American Hero

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Public Events: Two Free-Market Panels of Experts to Examine Green Jobs and Climate Change

Progressing Backwards

Using Your Money to Get Your Money

There Is an Endless Number of Jobs

Yesterday it was reported that the Obama Administration would be "unrelenting" in putting Americans back to work. Indeed, Congress has named this its "top priority."
However, our elected representatives (never known for their economic knowledge) don't understand that there are, in fact, countless jobs in an economy. … more

Big Business Loves Big Government

It's been said many times before, and yet people rarely seem to understand that believing in the free-market does not necessarily make one a fan of business. Business (especially large corporations) is often willing to fight government over taxes, and yet join government when it suits its own purpose. … more

The Health Care Bill Is Full of Stocking Stuffers

It must be Christmas with all the presents floating around.
The health care bill just cleared its first hurdle through the Senate and the amount of special favors and outright bribes for powerful senators and swing states is (expectedly) outrageous. … more

Norman Borlaug: An American Hero

My Pre-Existing Condition

Capitalism: A Muddled Hatchet Job

The Horror of It All

The U.S. House of Representatives has just posted on the Internet its health care overhaul bill, HR 3962, “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, etc.” All 1990 impenetrable pages of it.  But this bill isn’t just longer than a Stephen King novel, it’s also scarier, because aside from the title, this tome is all nonfiction. Bill+Books … more

A Real Canadian Health Care Experience

The Mackinac Center sponsored a luncheon Oct. 26 in Troy where attendees had a chance to meet some of the "stars" of the Center's recent YouTube video series in which Canadian citizens describe the problems they have had with their country's single-payer health care system. Two of those individuals are Shirley McGuin and Mike Jubenville. … more

The Corporatism of Nike and Apple

Recent Health Care Facts and Fallacies