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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 children Grayson and Reagan.

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

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

A Tip on the Effects of Raising the Sub-Minimum Wage

Legislation introduced in Congress would increase the minimum wage for restaurant servers and other tipped workers. But raising the minimum wage, as Congress has done repeatedly the past few years, almost always generates unemployment higher than it would otherwise be, and is a net loss for society and the poor. … more

A Lesson on Public-Sector Unions

With public employee unions throwing tantrums in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan over proposed budget cuts, it’s worth remembering that no matter how out of whack they get, government employee compensation levels will never be enough for these unions. This attitude is in the DNA of public-sector unions, and it defines their reason for existing. … more

Government Is Not a Jobs Bank

Regardless of what the public employee unions believe they are entitled to, Michigan taxpayers and businesses are not getting better service despite paying higher costs. The purpose of government is to provide necessary services for the least cost, not provide a jobs program and wealth transfer from the people to public employees and their unions. … more

Tax Hikes Chase Jimmy John's From Illinois

While Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches had planned to expand in its hometown of Champaign, Ill., new massive tax hikes from the Illinois Legislature are sending Jimmy John's looking to relocate in more business-friendly states. … more

Illinois Jobs Coming to Michigan?

Early this week, on its last day of session, a lame-duck Illinois Legislature passed a 67-percent income tax increase, along with large business and corporate tax hikes. The measure was approved by just a single vote, and was shrouded in backroom deals and payoffs to constituency groups across the board. The Chicago Tribune’s lead editorial the following day had a short headline: “Goodbye, Jobs.” … more

The Rose-Colored Glasses of Political Dusk

Despite political spin, Michiganders shouldn't be convinced that the economy right in front of their faces is a sign of progress. … more

Don't Tenure Current Teacher Tenure Law

The Michigan Legislature recently debated a modest teacher tenure reform bill that passed in the Senate but then died when the House failed to act. The issue will surely return in the 2011 session, and when it does, lawmakers should consider the following:
Under current law, it is nearly impossible to fire a tenured teacher, no matter how ineffective. … more

Ethanol for Duckies

In the waning days of the lame-duck Congress, a bipartisan fight is brewing over federal handouts to encourage production of corn ethanol, with competing letters urging the continuation or end of these subsidies. … more

Does Anyone Still Believe in Ethanol?

While speaking overseas this week, former presidential candidate Al Gore took some questions about corn-based ethanol. So what does the green guru think about the fuel that was supposed to wean us off of foreign oil and cut carbon emissions? … more

Reading Between the Billboard Lines

The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association says the taxpayer-funded Pure Michigan advertising "pays off in the long run." But apparently the MLTA isn't confident enough about the long run to put up their own money. … more

Tax Rates Matter

As the governor's race heats up, it is refreshing to see an occasional area of agreement between the candidates; especially when the agreement makes good economic sense. … more

Bribing Voters?

There are a lot of people who need help in our current economy, but taking from one group to give to another merely encourages the idea that government is there to provide for all of your needs rather than serving to protect all citizens equally. … more

Healthcare Corporatism

Big Business thrives off of Big Government, and as long as government is involved in certain sectors of the economy, these political favors will not end. … more

A 19th Century Solution to a 21st Century Issue

Detroit's current "light rail" system has been called a "Horizontal Elevator to Nowhere" and the "least cost-effective transit project in the last 20 years." So what's the response to this epic disaster of central planning from the political class? To build more, of course.  … more

Do Unemployment Benefits Stimulate the Economy?

There's valid argument that a compassionate society with a dynamic economy should provide unemployment benefits, and a legitimate debate regarding how much and how long. But recently, some have gone beyond this and argued not only that these benefits are necessary, but that they actually stimulate the economy. … more

There Is an Endless Number of Jobs

Yesterday it was reported that the Obama Administration would be "unrelenting" in putting Americans back to work. Indeed, Congress has named this its "top priority."
However, our elected representatives (never known for their economic knowledge) don't understand that there are, in fact, countless jobs in an economy. … more

Big Business Loves Big Government

It's been said many times before, and yet people rarely seem to understand that believing in the free-market does not necessarily make one a fan of business. Business (especially large corporations) is often willing to fight government over taxes, and yet join government when it suits its own purpose. … more

The Health Care Bill Is Full of Stocking Stuffers

It must be Christmas with all the presents floating around.
The health care bill just cleared its first hurdle through the Senate and the amount of special favors and outright bribes for powerful senators and swing states is (expectedly) outrageous. … more

The Horror of It All

The U.S. House of Representatives has just posted on the Internet its health care overhaul bill, HR 3962, “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, etc.” All 1990 impenetrable pages of it.  But this bill isn’t just longer than a Stephen King novel, it’s also scarier, because aside from the title, this tome is all nonfiction. Bill+Books … more

A Real Canadian Health Care Experience

The Mackinac Center sponsored a luncheon Oct. 26 in Troy where attendees had a chance to meet some of the "stars" of the Center's recent YouTube video series in which Canadian citizens describe the problems they have had with their country's single-payer health care system. Two of those individuals are Shirley McGuin and Mike Jubenville. … more