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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.

House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture … more

You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan … more

Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback … more

How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase

Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome' … more

Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike

Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax … more

Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism

Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing

Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

There's still no good evidence for this program … more

Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

Legislature should curtail these needless regulations … more

Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

Results show the investment is not worth it … more

Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?

Program is a waste of taxpayer money. … more

What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not

House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

$500 million spent for no permanent jobs … more

How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income

No benefits to consumers to be found. … more

School Choice Shines at the Capitol

The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

Michigan should end the MEDC … more

How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code

How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs

What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority. … more

Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules. … more

The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

Legislators look to fix budget overspending. … more

Michigan Celebrates School Choice

Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

Good progress in 2013, more to be done. … more

Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts. … more

Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

Now state needs to step up. … more

Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities. … more

The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014

MSU Study: Ethanol Use is Good, as Long as the Environment isn’t Considered

MEA Gives False Explanation to Members About Why Executive Salaries Rose

Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform

Transparency, rule of law should be the focus. … more

The Harm of Occupational Licensing Laws

RTW 'Freeloader' Claim Still a Farce

MEA is the one freeloading off of teachers. … more

Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

A 'race to the bottom.' … more

No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

House, Senate seats the result of where people choose to live … more

A 'Silver Lining' to Potholes?

A lesson from 1850 by Frederic Bastiat. … more

Checking the Facts

Brighton union, district agree with Center on facts. … more

Senate Votes to Continue Film Subsidies

Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors? … more

Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies

Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

$500 million later, 100 fewer jobs. … more

More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

Pension liabilities still a looming problem. … more

10 Facts About Pension Systems in Michigan

Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million

Michigan Debt Per Taxpayer: $19,300

Oakland – the County That Could (Reform Its Pensions)

Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing

Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work. … more

Pension Systems Hurt Workers, Taxpayers

Defined-benefit plans cannot be supported. … more

How Cities Are Solving Their Pension Problems – and the Bill That Makes It Easier

Why Are Some Tea Party Supporters Fighting Proposal 1 In Michigan?

What Will Cities Do To Solve Their Pension Problems?

The Worst Funded Pension Systems In Michigan

GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues

Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

Better income potential. … more

Three Former State Representatives Crowd The Race For Michigan's 13th Senate District

Pricey GOP Primary Race For Michigan’s 4th Congressional District

Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District

Hunting Fees Going To Private Landowners

What Do Teachers Want to Support?

RTW allows them to skip union's political bent. … more

Agricultural Price Controls are the Pits

Michigan cherry farmers, others, affected … more

Political Experience Separates Candidates In 98th District House GOP Primary

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

Personal Property Tax Plan Would Cut Taxes By $500 Million

Court Upholds Law Banning Automatic Wage Increases For Public Employees

Legislature Considering More Transparency For Asset Forfeiture

Minimizing The Damage From Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

Grazed and Confused

Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem. … more

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

Stats show RTW states enjoying growth. … more

Income Growth In Right-to-Work States Significantly Higher

Mackinac Events Update

Right-to-Work States Dominating In Job Growth

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads impact everyone. … more

Here Is Who Voted For The Detroit Bailout and To Not Close Pension System

Detroit Bailout Bill Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For New Pension Underfunding

False Fears About Fracking

Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene. … more

The Detroit Bailout and Meaningful Pension Reform

MEGA Failure: Job Projections From Michigan Tax Credit Program Rarely Came True

MEA: Too Many People Making $ Off Public Schools

MEA president made $212,848 last year. … more

Reforming Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Legislature should follow Minnesota's example. … more

States Spending Less Money On K-12 Education Get Better Results

The Debate Over School Spending

Teacher pension costs really are part of classroom spending. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Paying More Money for Fewer Workers

Which Michigan School Districts Pay The Most?

Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

Credits school choice for its role in his success. … more

From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

Regulations often hinder people from work … more

How Michigan Can Fix Its Pension Problems

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Three polls on Detroit bailout, three outcomes. … more

Tax Freedom Day In Michigan

Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat

Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants

Minimum Wage Hike Puts Politics Over People

State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'

Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

Credited with saving 1 billion people. … more

College Spending Results Questioned

More money doesn't yield better results. … more

Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants