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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.

Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

Bipartisan bills address issue. … more

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each. … more

The World Is Getting Better and Better

Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years.  … more

Does the MEA Believe in 'Sanctity of Contracts?'

Not when it comes to illegal teacher strikes. … more

Legislators Worried About Beer Logos

Perhaps they've solved the serious issues. … more

Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Skill Workers

Schauer proposal would mean increased costs. … more

Public Sector Wants More From Taxpayers

Shrinking private sector foots the bill. … more

Brewers Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Nonsensical rules hurt everyone, not just Budweiser. … more

House Chips Away at Licensing Mandates

Senate continues to ignore reforms. … more

Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

State needs fewer regulations, more jobs. … more

Michigan Auto Insurance Reform a Must

New CRC report highlights discrepancies. … more

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled. … more

Unions are the Freeloaders

Forced dues spent on politics, benefits for union staff. … more

Why Does the State License Barbers?

Barber licensing bill doesn't go far enough. … more

More College Subsidies a Poor Investment

Higher spending doesn't mean a better economy. … more

SEIU Under Investigation over Prop 4

Dues skim took $35 million from Medicaid recipients. … more

From Here to Eternity?

Corporate welfare for movies appears permanent. … more

College Subsidies a Growing Problem

More money, more issues. … more

Center Scholar Interview in Wall Street Journal

Dr. Richard Vedder on college subsidies and rising costs. … more

State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

People should be investing in themselves. … more

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

Licensing reform is one place to start. … more

MEA Should Support Teacher Evaluations

Seniority doesn't always equal effectiveness. … more

Politicians Cannot Be Trusted To Properly Fund Pensions

Unfunded liabilities undermine trust in pension systems. … more

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

New Red Wings arena won't save city. … more

Licensing Lunacy

Legislators should reduce occupational licensing burden. … more

Financial Literacy the Key to Independence

Don't rely on the government to teach you how. … more

Garage Band

Governments pushing regulatory regime too far. … more

Targeted Incentives Have Gone Too Far

Targeting industries not the way … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Films or Potholes?

Hollywood corporate welfare could be used to fix roads. … more

Of Course Merit Pay Is a Good Idea

Time for public schools to catch on. … more

Oakland Schools and the Tri-County Alliance

Focused on more money, less parental choice. … more

Head Start a False Start

Follow the research to help low-income students … more

Movie Made in Israel Gets Michigan Tax Dollars

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