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. You can reach Mike via email at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com or call him at 313-815-7068.

Articles

The Michigan counties most vulnerable if Obamacare is repealed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.

Top 10 Michigan school districts impacted by school choice

September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.

School choice, metro Detroit’s new white flight

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Nearly 50 years after the racial tumult of 1967, state schools of choice policies are helping to create more racially segregated districts in metro Detroit and beyond.

Walking back segregation in Ferndale schools

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Ferndale, an inner-ring suburb popular with Detroit students, is taking bold steps to desegregate its schools.

7 things every Michigan business startup must know

August 16, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Too many new entrepreneurs make the same, avoidable mistakes. In a state badly lagging in new businesses, executing a sound plan is critical. Our experts tell you how.

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

August 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

If the state doesn’t create a new generation of business owners, its future will remain hostage to the swings of the manufacturing sector

Booming again: West Michigan’s economy is on a roll

June 23, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

The Grand Rapids region continues to surge ahead, adding jobs (if not high wages) across a wide area. Can its success be exported to the rest of Michigan

City dwellers came for the tax breaks. Will they stay when breaks expire?

June 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon lured young professionals to struggling neighborhoods with tax breaks that allowed them to pay a pittance in taxes for beautiful homes or condos. Should those breaks be extended?

Revenue tools help Toledo survive through tough times

May 17, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

What Michigan can learn from this Ohio border city, which manages to balance its budget and keep cops on the street despite budget challenges

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