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Jarrett Skorup

Digital Engagement Manager

Jarrett Skorup is Digital Engagement Manager and a policy analyst 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.

Prop 3 Can't Change the Laws of Economics

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can. … more

Proposal 2 Is Not Simply About Collective Bargaining

Prop 2 ballot language underlines political agenda. … more

Prop 4 Op-Ed in Detroit Free Press Ungrounded

Platitudes, falsities and "faux outrage." … more

Dead Batteries

LG Chem workers "have nothing to do." … more

A123 Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another failure of central planning. … more

Schools Create Their Own FOIA Interpretation

Prop 2 would make government even less transparent. … more

Prop 2 Would Change at Least 170 Laws

Big labor trying to make a difference without distinction. … more

MEDC Removes Video of Obama, Top Dems Praising Failed Battery Company

A123 had been touted by President Obama, Gov. Granholm. … more

NEA Recognizes Need for STEM Teachers

But won't budge on salary flexibility. … more

Sticky Data in Item Pricing 'Study'

Michigan Citizen Action opposes technology, productivity. … more

Is the Horseshoer on Strike?

Detroit union goes on strike; ignores $6 billion debt. … more

State, Nation Have a Long Way to Go

Two new reports detail economic ranking of Michigan, U.S. … more

Do Prop 4 Supporters Know What It's About?

Disability advocate appears confused on ballot measure. … more

Which Ballot Proposals Are 'Grassroots'?

A look at who is behind the Nov. 6 ballot proposals. … more

Economic Development a Campaign Tool

Subsidies help politicians look like they're "doing something." … more

SEIU Dues Skim All About Politics

SEIU president reveals political agenda at DNC convention. … more

SEIU Ballot Language Disconnected From Reality

Line-by-line look at the ballot proposal. … more

Film Subsidy Money Has to Come From Somewhere

It's like "feeding sparrows through a horse." … more

Commentary: A Different Kind of 'Waste'

Detroit Water and Sewage Dept. and government unions. … more

SEIU Ballot Proposal Raises Questions

Union has skimmed $30 million from caregivers. … more

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

Jobs Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Licensing and regulation overkill hurts job market. … more

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

'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

Corporate Welfare Backers Change Tune

Subsidies now about "groundwork" after jobs fail to materialize. … more

Same Old Story on Energy Policy

Politicians show continued folly of central planning. … more

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

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

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

Pot, Meet Kettle

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

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

How Federal Money Doesn't Translate Into Jobs

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

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

Tax Cuts vs. School Spending

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

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

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

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