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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. In his free time, Skorup also 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 and Reagan.

Trump and Clinton are Both Wrong: Free Trade is Good for People

The benefits of trade in Michigan … more

Worker’s Choice Popular in Michigan, Nationwide

National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea … more

Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges … more

Michigan’s Auto Sales Regulations Lead to Higher Prices

Free Press covers direct auto sales debate … more

A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

And a step for Michigan to follow suit … more

Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

The problem with occupational licensing  … more

Snyder’s Veto of Aftermarket Auto Parts Bill a Win for Consumers

MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill … more

Clarifying Detroit Schools Release Time Policy

Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed … more

Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

New York Times covers fight to allow people to work … more

Gov. Snyder Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses … more

Taxpayers Spend Millions A Year on Union Activities

Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time … more

Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill? … more

Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

Just look at the evidence … more

Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

Bill Simmons gets it right … more

How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases … more

Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers … more

The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions … more

Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

Local governments should get out of the way of private providers … more

What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff … more

Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press … more

Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing … more

Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district … more

Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take … more

Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction … more

Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state … more

March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

Bet with friends at your own risk … more

Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

City unfairly targeted the group … more

State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live

Another reason to loosen labor regulations … more

Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work … more

Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law

What Senate Bill 571 actually does … more

Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing

Free event in Lansing next month … more

Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others … more

How Local Governments Advocate for Tax Increases

Senate bill 571 looks to curb abuses … more

Do You Feel Endangered When You Travel Out of State?

Licensing laws are arbitrary … more

Why is it Better to be Middle Class Than Upper Class?

Income inequality is not the real problem … more

Republicans Backtracking on Previous Good Tax Work

Shooting more holes in the tax code with data center deal … more

Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks

Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelcase pyramid deal … more

Stopping Special Union Deals in Michigan

Two important bills have passed the state Senate … more

China’s One-Child Policy and the ‘Ultimate Resource’

The costs of China's recently-lifted reproductive restrictions … more

Forfeiture: What Next?

Take a look at bonding … more

Senate Votes for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Detroit Free Press quotes Skorup on development … more

Why Believers in Limited Government Should Support Forfeiture Reform

Why the right should support forfeiture reform in Michigan … more

State Media Covers Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Mackinac Center releases study with ACLU of Michigan … more

Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion

Bills on forfeiture working through legislature … more

You’re in the 1 Percent

We can have policy differences while keeping perspective … more

Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

Supermarket chain investigated for low prices … more

Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

Bills move on to full Senate … more

Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it. … more

More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

College costs exploding … more

Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

Google Hangout on the topic tonight … more