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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.