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

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

Fewer cops, abandoned parks, and why more cities will crumble unless Michigan changes

May 12, 2016 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

When cities lose 2,300 police officers, it’s time for Michigan to look in the mirror.

Not so fast: A bill to raise state speed limits veers off track

May 5, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

A measure to raise speed limits on Michigan highways is intended to align speed laws with how fast people actually drive. It’s not working out that way.

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

April 28, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.

Flint report offers damning verdict on state emergency manager law

March 24, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

In a blunt report putting the blame for Flint’s water crisis squarely on state government, a task force finds that Michigan gives too much power to emergency managers and not enough voice to local residents in distressed communities

Flint’s switch to river water left residents holding the tab

March 24, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Beset by financial woes, Flint’s state-appointed leaders kept charging high rates to the city’s impoverished residents even though the switch to the Flint River sharply reduced city expenses

Flint’s legacy may include dramatic expansion of public records law

March 15, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Questions about the state’s bungled response to Flint’s water crisis have led to a bipartisan push to make the governor’s office and legislature subject to the state’s public records law. Michigan now ranks at the bottom for government transparency.

Academic State Champs: How to make sense of your school’s M-STEP scores

February 11, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Last year, Michigan replaced its longstanding MEAP standardized test with a new assessment aligned with the Common Core. Bridge’s Academic State Champs analysis allows you to compare your school with peer schools across the state.

Meet the 2015 high school Academic State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine recognizes 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career succes

With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why

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