Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joins us from the Detroit News as Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike performed a similar role at the News, where his work showed, for instance, that just under half of all Detroit property owners paid their annual tax bills. He was also part of a team at The Blade of Toledo that won national honors, including the National Headliner and Gerald Loeb awards, for exposing widespread political corruption in a scandal that came to be known as Coingate. The stories led to political reform in Ohio state government.

Articles

Check out Michigan’s hottest residential markets

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Homes in these cities now exceed 2008 property values, even as much of the rest of the state still recovers from the Great Recession

Farmland prices soar in Michigan

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Rising crop prices fueled a surge in land values, and larger investments in Michigan farms

Michigan property values remain dramatically below 2008 levels

March 20, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 90 percent of Michigan residents live in communities where property values have yet to return to 2008 levels. Can the hardest hit cities and towns recover?

Has your town recovered from the Great Recession? See the property value map.

March 20, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

We break down the property value numbers from every city and township in Michigan to see how communities have fared since the Great Recession.

Bridge Magazine's 2017 Academic State Champs

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge is rating Michigan high schools by how well they prepare students for college or career training after they graduate.

Academic State Champs 2017: Find your school

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

See how your school performed in the 2017 Academic State Champs analysis.

6 reasons why students at some high schools are better prepared for college or career

February 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

The first reason, family income, is something schools can’t control. But other factors, like having counselors to help students navigate the maze of higher education, can produce real dividends.  

Adding population until the cows come home

January 26, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Rick Snyder wants to goose the state’s population over the next four years. But getting to 10 million may be impossible

The Michigan counties most vulnerable if Obamacare is repealed

January 12, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Mike Wilkinson

Nearly a million residents now get healthcare through the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid expansion, coverage that faces an uncertain future if Obamacare is scrapped with no replacement. At highest risk: several counties that voted for Trump.

Repeal Obamacare? Michigan delegation split…and a bit vague

January 12, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Mike Wilkinson

Thousands of residents in each Michigan congressional district get health insurance through either Medicaid expansion or a government-run exchange. Here’s how their Washington representatives stand on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Michigan’s economic axis tilts away from Detroit

January 6, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Looking for opportunity? Go west.

Voting without an ID? Not a big problem in most of Michigan

December 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

The legislature wants to make it harder to vote without state-approved photo ID. But based on data from the most recent election, few voters did so.

How Michigan ‘games’ the welfare-to-work system

December 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan is among states that spend the lowest percentage of welfare dollars on services intended to help struggling people rejoin the workforce. Its strategy: Finding creative ways to relabel other budget items as welfare spending.

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

December 6, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.

Betsy DeVos and the segregation of school choice

November 29, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary has focused attention on Michigan’s generous choice policy. In September, Bridge Magazine revealed one troubling side-effect: segregation

Rural Michigan thumbs nose at Clinton, backs Trump

November 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Donald Trump steamrolled Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in midsize to smaller counties across the state, flipping many that voted for President Obama in previous campaigns.

Trump or Clinton in Mitten? What past elections tell us

November 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

How Michigan may play a pivotal role in presidential election: It could be firewall for Clinton or the fulcrum of a Trump shocker

How more affluent families get welfare for pricey private colleges

October 4, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Thousands of middle- to upper-income students use federal welfare funds to attend expensive private schools. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of impoverished families in Michigan receive cash assistance.

School choice producing segregation in districts across the state

September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.

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