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Jarrett Skorup

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jarrett Skorup is the director of marketing and communications at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts, media strategy, 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 and woodworking. 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, Reagan and Theodora.

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City Denies Alcohol License to Restaurant it Doesn’t Like

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Bipartisan support for protecting property rights and due process … more

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A step in the right direction on licensing … more

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Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws … more

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

Government should do fair bidding for projects … more

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State Reforms of Occupational Licensing

New report from Cato highlights Michigan work … more

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A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’ … more

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Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation … more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school … more

How to Regulate Vacation Rentals in Michigan

And why property rights need to be secured … more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet for SEIU Healthcare-Michigan … more

Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives

New report backs up legislators … more

Let Them Fill Growlers

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom … more

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How to Encourage Local Internet Development

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it … more

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It's time to address unfunded liabilities … more

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But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first … more

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Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

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Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks … more

Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward … more

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Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together … more

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Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol … more

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State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing … more

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How a Private Arts Festival Thrives

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These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money … more

Flatten the Tax Code

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Some agreement between the left and the right … more

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success … more

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Obama administration also wanted changes … more

As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It

Preserving property rights is essential … more

A Solution to Local Government Debt

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