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Jarrett Skorup

Digital Engagement Manager

Jarrett Skorup is 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 coaches and officiates high school wrestling.

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

Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing

Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work. … more

Pension Systems Hurt Workers, Taxpayers

Defined-benefit plans cannot be supported. … more

Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

Better income potential. … more

What Do Teachers Want to Support?

RTW allows them to skip union's political bent. … more

Agricultural Price Controls are the Pits

Michigan cherry farmers, others, affected … more

Grazed and Confused

Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem. … more

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

Stats show RTW states enjoying growth. … more

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads impact everyone. … more

False Fears About Fracking

Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene. … more

MEA: Too Many People Making $ Off Public Schools

MEA president made $212,848 last year. … more

Reforming Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Legislature should follow Minnesota's example. … more

The Debate Over School Spending

Teacher pension costs really are part of classroom spending. … more

Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

Credits school choice for its role in his success. … more

Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

Regulations often hinder people from work … more

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Three polls on Detroit bailout, three outcomes. … more

Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

Credited with saving 1 billion people. … more

College Spending Results Questioned

More money doesn't yield better results. … more

Moderate Steps for Brewers, Industry Freedom

No reason for Legislature not to do more. … more

What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers. … more

Why Good Tax Reform is Difficult

Special interests battle Rep. Camp's plan. … more

Fairy Tale Minimum Wage Economics

Ballot backers actually think there won't be job loss. … more

Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood. … more

VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

UAW loses when secret ballot is allowed. … more

Commentary: Focus on Post-Secondary Education Shifting

It doesn't always have to mean college. … more

Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

And why that myth is so damaging. … more

The Best Plan for Michigan Tax Reform

Lower rates, fewer exceptions. … more

$1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

Majority of Michigan GOP delegation voted for it. … more

Free Press: School Funding Up Under Gov. Snyder

Paper substantiates what Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported. … more

Harming the Competition

Why some companies want a higher minimum wage. … more

Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

MSU professor's presentation questioned. … more

Commentary: RTW States Doing Better

Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states. … more

Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

Bipartisan bills address issue. … more

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each. … more

The World Is Getting Better and Better

Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years.  … more

Does the MEA Believe in 'Sanctity of Contracts?'

Not when it comes to illegal teacher strikes. … more

Legislators Worried About Beer Logos

Perhaps they've solved the serious issues. … more

Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Skill Workers

Schauer proposal would mean increased costs. … more

Public Sector Wants More From Taxpayers

Shrinking private sector foots the bill. … more

Brewers Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Nonsensical rules hurt everyone, not just Budweiser. … more

House Chips Away at Licensing Mandates

Senate continues to ignore reforms. … more

Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

State needs fewer regulations, more jobs. … more

Michigan Auto Insurance Reform a Must

New CRC report highlights discrepancies. … more

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled. … more

Unions are the Freeloaders

Forced dues spent on politics, benefits for union staff. … more

Why Does the State License Barbers?

Barber licensing bill doesn't go far enough. … more

More College Subsidies a Poor Investment

Higher spending doesn't mean a better economy. … more

SEIU Under Investigation over Prop 4

Dues skim took $35 million from Medicaid recipients. … more

From Here to Eternity?

Corporate welfare for movies appears permanent. … more

College Subsidies a Growing Problem

More money, more issues. … more

Center Scholar Interview in Wall Street Journal

Dr. Richard Vedder on college subsidies and rising costs. … more

State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

People should be investing in themselves. … more

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

Licensing reform is one place to start. … more

MEA Should Support Teacher Evaluations

Seniority doesn't always equal effectiveness. … more

Politicians Cannot Be Trusted To Properly Fund Pensions

Unfunded liabilities undermine trust in pension systems. … more

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

New Red Wings arena won't save city. … more

Licensing Lunacy

Legislators should reduce occupational licensing burden. … more

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

Targeted Incentives Have Gone Too Far

Targeting industries not the way … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Films or Potholes?

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

Of Course Merit Pay Is a Good Idea

Time for public schools to catch on. … more

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

SEIU Tries to Continue Dues Scheme

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

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust. … more

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

But some Republicans want to protect corporate welfare. … more

Public School Lobbying Worse Than 'Skunk Works'

Concerns about "backroom dealings" insincere. … more

Time to Overhaul Auto Insurance Laws

New proposal worth consideration. … more

Subsidies Drive Up College Costs

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

Higher Scrutiny of Government 'Investments'

Mascoma pulls IPO, questionable subsidies remain. … more

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

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

More Is Never Enough

When it comes to public school funding. … more

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

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

Right-to-Work Gives Teachers a Choice

Association of American Educators offers an option. … more

Terrible Track Record

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

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

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 Human Side of Right-to-Work Legislation

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

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

MEA Misleads on Oklahoma Right-to-Work Numbers

An honest discussion will require honest numbers. … more

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