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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.

Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

Results show the investment is not worth it … more

Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?

Program is a waste of taxpayer money. … more

House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

$500 million spent for no permanent jobs … more

How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income

No benefits to consumers to be found. … more

The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

Michigan should end the MEDC … more

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority. … more

Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules. … more

The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

Legislators look to fix budget overspending. … more

Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

Good progress in 2013, more to be done. … more

Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts. … more

Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

Now state needs to step up. … more

Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities. … more

Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform

Transparency, rule of law should be the focus. … more

RTW 'Freeloader' Claim Still a Farce

MEA is the one freeloading off of teachers. … more

Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

A 'race to the bottom.' … more

No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

House, Senate seats the result of where people choose to live … more

A 'Silver Lining' to Potholes?

A lesson from 1850 by Frederic Bastiat. … more

Checking the Facts

Brighton union, district agree with Center on facts. … more

Senate Votes to Continue Film Subsidies

Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors? … more

Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

$500 million later, 100 fewer jobs. … more

More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

Pension liabilities still a looming problem. … more

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