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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.

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

Teachers Union Pushes Districts To Boycott Some University Students Over Politics

Students Forced Out of Schools Because State Dismissed Charter Company Plans

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

Small Business Owners Face Significant Challenges Operating in Detroit

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled. … more

While Local Governments Fight Food Trucks, State Subsidizes Some of Them

Unions are the Freeloaders

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

Expert: Higher Education Bubble Is Coming and States Better Prepare

Teachers Sue MEA To Escape Union

New Bill Would Shed Light On Asset Forfeiture In Michigan

State Workers Earn $5.8 Billion More in Benefits Than Private Sector Employees

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

Déjà Vu All Over Again For Auditor General Report On Select Subsidy Programs

Study: Michigan School Rankings Mostly Measure Poverty, Not Quality

College Subsidies a Growing Problem

Detroit Still Sending Tax Notices 15 Years After Company Closed

Flawed State Rankings Mean Some Principals Are Out of a Job

Bill Grants Big Businesses Power to Raise Taxes in 'Business Improvement Zones'

City Sued Over FOIA Fees

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

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

Lighting Water On Fire? Gas In Water Supplies Existed Long Before Fracking

Center Scholar Interview in Wall Street Journal

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

Study: Right-to-Work Laws Lead To More People, More Jobs and Higher Pay

Fracking Concerns Overblown; Risks Exist With All Energy Extraction

Two Democrats Join Republicans at Top of Tea Party Scorecard

New Medicaid Study: ‘Waivers Are Temporary, Expansion Is Forever’

Experts: Earthquakes, Water Usage Not Concerns With Fracking in Michigan

Study: Welfare Benefits Pay $28,872 Per Year In Michigan

State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

People should be investing in themselves. … more

State Report Card Ranks Some Top Schools Near the Bottom

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

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

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

Belle Isle Proposal To Be Featured On Fox Business

School Districts Spend Tens of Thousands On Losing Millage Requests

OtherCare not Obamacare

Licensing Lunacy

Legislators should reduce occupational licensing burden. … more

As ‘Higher Education Bubble’ Accelerates, Alternatives Emerge

MichiganVotes: Senate Bill Would Increase Government Housing Subsidies

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

Crony Capitalism: The Movie

Michigan’s Craziest Laws

MichiganVotes: Legislation Grants More Money, Taxpayer Debt For University Construction

Targeted Incentives Have Gone Too Far

Targeting industries not the way … more

Republican U.S. Rep. Upton Joins Dems to Uphold Mandatory Union-Scale Wages

MichiganVotes: Senate Bill Aims to Bolster Corporate Welfare

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Michigan Outspends Florida on Education But Does Worse Than The Sunshine State

Films or Potholes?

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

Manager of the 'City That Outsourced Everything' Says Privatization Can Help Michigan

MichiganVotes: Legislation Would Eliminate Licensing Mandate on Dietitians, Nutritionists

Of Course Merit Pay Is a Good Idea

Time for public schools to catch on. … more

Michigan Votes: Bill Would Lessen Mandates on Landscape Architects

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

Michigan Tea Party Group Says It Is A Victim of IRS Discrimination

Everyone Loves Tax Cuts

SEIU Tries to Continue Dues Scheme

Leaked document maps out 'dues skim' plan. … more

MichiganVotes: Proposed Bill Would Provide Accountability For Land Banks

Oregon Study Suggests Michigan Medicaid Expansion Not Worth the Cost

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust. … more

Michigan's Craziest Laws: Don't Seduce An Unmarried Woman or Dance to the National Anthem

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

But some Republicans want to protect corporate welfare. … more

Despite Repeal Attempts, Michigan State Law Mandates Unlicensed Dogs Be Killed

Public School Lobbying Worse Than 'Skunk Works'

Concerns about "backroom dealings" insincere. … more

Time to Overhaul Auto Insurance Laws

New proposal worth consideration. … more

How Taxpayers Are Funding Political Lobbying

Expert: Medicaid Expansion Means Increased Costs For Worse Service

Subsidies Drive Up College Costs

State should decrease subsidies, force schools to compete. … more

Facts On Right-to-Work In Michigan and How Workers Can Get Out Of Their Union

Entrepreneur Survey Ranks Michigan Among the Worst In the Nation For Small Businesses

Higher Scrutiny of Government 'Investments'

Mascoma pulls IPO, questionable subsidies remain. … more

Five Reasons Government Subsidies For Films Are A Bad Idea

Union Rushes Contract To Avoid Right-to-Work; 'Put This Whole Nightmare Behind Us!'

Michigan Airport Home To No Planes Or Hangars Receives Over $150K A Year In Tax Dollars

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

Five Reasons the Government Shouldn’t Subsidize Higher Education

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

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