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

Michigan's overachieving school districts are State Champs

February 1, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge proudly recognizes the most overachieving districts in the state in 2014. Next Tuesday: Bridge releases its first-ever state rankings for individual schools.

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

The hard-working, selective school in Houghton is quietly filling industry’s need for STEM engineers.

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

While business and education leaders have sounded the trumpet on the need for more STEM graduates, the field can seem daunting to young students.

Road funding

November 13, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Snyder, business groups and state experts agree that more than $1 billion is needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads. If an agreement is not brokered in lame duck, the prospects of a deal diminish significantly in January.

See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

Election Day Playbook: What to watch for tonight

November 4, 2014 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Mike Wilkinson

Woody Allen once famously said that “80 percent of success is just showing up.” But Dems would probably settle for half that as they seek to unseat an incumbent governor.

A Bridge primer on how to gauge the credibility of political polls

October 28, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan voters are being inundated with horse-race poll results showing which candidates are up or down. Before taking those results as gospel, consider the source. Bridge shows you how.

Gov. Snyder tied, or way ahead ‒ which poll is right in governor’s race?

October 28, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Two automated polls show a tight race, while a third that relies on live interviewers shows Snyder comfortably leading challenger Mark Schauer. What’s a partisan to believe?

How Michigan, Florida compare

September 30, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.

UM soars, MSU doesn't on freshmen test scores

August 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Since 2001, Big Ten schools have become far more selective, when measured by the ACT scores of incoming freshmen. But MSU, like most in-state schools, stayed pretty much the same.

Football, shmootball: Ohio State gets serious in the classroom

August 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Since 2001, OSU has seen the average ACT test scores of incoming freshmen soar faster than any Big Ten school; it now stands behind only Northwestern and UM.

See how YOUR county (doesn’t) vote

August 4, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Go to Bridge’s voter turnout map to see how your county turns out to vote in past primary elections

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.

Giving Detroiters a tax break

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.

Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda, Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.

Mike Duggan and the selling of Detroit 2014

June 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Set a goal, control the numbers, trumpet the results. That’s been Mike Duggan’s leadership playbook for two decades. Has he pushed his luck with Detroit?

Benchmark Detroit: Six months later

June 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Optimism is beginning to percolate across much of the city, as a can-do mayor attempts to make good on bold promises. Hard numbers are more difficult to come by.

No consensus for raising – or cutting – taxes in 2014

May 6, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

A majority of residents are sending politicians a clear message that it’s time to spend more on Michigan roads. Even if it means raising taxes.

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