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Jarrett Skorup

Research Associate

Jarrett Skorup is a research associate at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is also the content manager for Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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.

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

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