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Jarrett Skorup

Director of Marketing and Strategy

Jarrett Skorup is the director of marketing and strategy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts and overseeing policy campaigns and objectives. He has worked in a variety of roles at the center since 2009.

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.

His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, National Public Radio, MLive, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and many newspapers across the country.

A native of Sandwich, Illinois, Skorup is an avid Chicago sports fan. He also officiates high school wrestling and enjoys fishing. In his free time, Skorup volunteers with his church, serves on committees with the local Chamber of Commerce, and works in the schools through Junior Achievement.

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

(No) Right to Work

Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime

Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue … more

Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills

Senate bills 111-115 being considered … more

License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing

Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy … more

This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

Click here for a PDF of the full study.
The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.
This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole. … more

How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable

Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017 … more

Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names

Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture

Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan … more

More Transparency on the Way in Michigan

Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public … more

Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations

SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems … more

Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader

Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High

Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions

Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers … more

Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt

Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’ … more

To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations

Why the Motor City has so few plumbers … more

Pushing Back Against Government Takings

New bill would provide remedy for property violations … more

House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action

Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change … more

Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive

Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State … more

School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students

Politicking on the taxpayer dime … more

Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture

State should stop this end-run around the Constitution … more

Why Pension Reform Failed and How to Move Forward

People Help People, if Government Doesn’t Get in the Way

Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

District has come a long way … more

Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property … more

Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill

But call on state to require conviction … more

A Salute to Thomas Sowell

The great economist is retiring … more

What You Read in 2016: Our Top Stories of the Year

Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

New Legislature should take up pension spiking, release time in 2017 … more

Michigan Chips Away at Unjust Forfeiture Process

Citizens are no longer required to pay an upfront bond … more

Licensing Lobbyists Say Rolling Back Interior Designer Rules Will Cost Lives

Florida fight shows how ridiculous many regulations are … more

Mackinac in the News

Michigan Legislature Set to End Union Schemes

Special ‘release time’ and pension spiking arrangements unfair to taxpayers … more

Why School Choice is So Valuable

Detroit Schools doesn’t expect academic progress for a decade … more

Michigan’s Licensing Laws Prevent Poor from Accessing Health Care

How the New York Times Distorts the Performance of Detroit Charters

Best available research shows Detroit charter schools are successful … more

How Michigan Stands in the Way of Poor People Getting Medical Care

Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day

Mackinac experts discuss results in Wall Street Journal, others … more

Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field … more

Detroit’s Taxes, Regulations Keeping It Down

Skorup pens op-ed in The Detroit News … more

Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

FOIA is a legitimate accountability tool … more

Back to the Future for Taxpayer Stadium Funding in Detroit

Legislators should stand firm against special deals  … more

Michigan Legislature Can End 2016 Strong by Acting on Key Issues

Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing

Lawsuit Filed to Fight Michigan’s Ban on Tesla Sales

Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press … more

Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

Only 12.2 percent of MEA members feel they will have a comfortable retirement … more

Michigan Must Stop Keeping Peoples’ Property Without Conviction

Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio … more

An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates … more