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

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.

Searchable database: How are your schools funded?

May 1, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan's school districts and charter academies vary widely in the amount of money each gets from state, local and federal sources. Use our tool to find your own.

Searchable database: How bad are YOUR roads?

April 10, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

In the last eight years, roads have taken a pounding, with Michigan spending the least in the nation on road work. Use our searchable database to find the current condition of roads in your community.

My school’s great, it’s Detroit that’s failing – and other myths

April 3, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit, Flint and other poor, mostly African-American school districts get the bulk of the blame for the state’s declining test scores. But the latest research shows Michigan students of all stripes are falling behind their peers nationally – yes, even white, middle-class students. A Bridge Special Report.

Meet Detroit’s creditors

March 27, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit owes thousands of people, businesses and banks roughly $18 billion. Does it owe you? Scan the Bridge database for the names of city creditors and what they’re due.

Detroit creditor winners and losers

March 27, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

A bankruptcy judge has yet to sign off on Detroit’s proposal for paying thousands of creditors. But there are signs of who is likely to benefit most when the bankruptcy dust settles.

Immigrants are already saving Michigan

February 12, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Rick Snyder has pushed hard to make Michigan welcoming for immigrant entrepreneurs and international students at our colleges and universities. New Census data shows just how valuable well-educated newcomers are to Michigan’s economic recovery.

Benchmark Detroit: Charting Detroit’s path from rock bottom

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Duggan vows to improve services in six months. We have broader ambitions – to mark where Detroit stands today on jobs, safety and other key measures, then hold leaders accountable in the year ahead.

Benchmark: Public safety

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Money may not solve everything, but it would sure help ordinary Detroiters when they need working fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. Bankruptcy savings may provide a real boost.

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