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

Truth Squad | Whitmer unfairly labels Bill Schuette a fan of pension tax

October 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bill Schuette is campaigning to eliminate pension taxes if he’s elected governor. You’d never know it from Gretchen Whitmer’s latest TV ad.

Schuette and Whitmer’s tax, spending plans for Michigan don’t add up

October 4, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Lots of promises. Few details. Both would create deficits. A closer look at how the candidates for Michigan governor plan to pay for all their promises.

Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for Michigan: $3B of promises and wishful thinking

October 4, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The Democratic governor candidate is pledging to fix roads and education while barely raising taxes. Much of her plans, though, involve the most optimistic of projections and would create budget holes.

Bill Schuette wants to fix roads while cutting taxes. Good luck with that.

October 4, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Economists say Schuette’s plan of pain-free tax cuts and fixing roads with no new revenues is from the realm of make-believe.

Maps show how gerrymandering benefitted Michigan Republicans

September 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

How the Michigan GOP used scalpel-like precision –  and sometimes the bluntness of a dull axe – to redraw state political boundaries in their favor since 2000.

Michigan incomes roar back. But the news isn’t good in Trump Country.

September 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

New Census data show Michigan incomes are rising, but falling in counties that flipped from Obama to Trump. Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer say the recovery isn’t coming fast enough.

Canada geese are as annoying as hell. In Alpena, that’s a death sentence.

September 11, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Pooping, squawking and bullying, Canada geese are back from the brink of extinction and irritating much of Michigan. Alpena has a big surprise for them.

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

August 29, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

M-STEP results show 1-in-3 third-graders are not proficient in reading. The bad news extends across grades and subjects, impacting white, black and Hispanic students. What should state do now?

Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores

August 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

See how students in your schools performed in reading language arts, math and other subjects this past school year

Child care for this baby costs more than the University of Michigan

August 28, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Politicians have plenty to say about college costs. Yet child care expenses can have a bigger impact for many families and businesses. And Michigan has done little to help middle-and-low-income parents.

Message from marijuana country: We love legal pot. Will Michigan?

August 16, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

For three weeks, I traveled the marijuana highway from Colorado to California and up to Washington. Most like the taxes pot provides and shrug off worries about legalization. But it’s not a cure all.

Maps show easy paths to victory for Whitmer, Schuette in Michigan governor race

August 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Record turnout bolsters hopes for a wave for Democrats. But easy wins for Schuette give him opportunity to unite party and woo independents.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on taxes, spending

July 16, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor outline their plans to spend money –  and whether they’ll want more taxes.

Ignore the sticker price at Michigan universities. Here’s the real cost.

June 28, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge shows the surprising differences between the published price and the real cost of attending Michigan’s 15 public universities. Students from middle-class and low-income families take note.

Michigan could see tax windfall from marijuana, betting and online shopping

June 27, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan officials may find a plethora of riches soon. Will they spend it on roads, schools or tax breaks?

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Rising rents and tax breaks for developers revive Detroit gentrification fears. But city insiders also note easier access to loans and new business in some long-dormant neighborhoods.  

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

June 12, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.

What urban revival? In Michigan, residents still flock to suburbs

June 5, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Heard about how Millennials are going to save cities? More are moving to the suburbs, which fuel population growth throughout Michigan.

Truth Squad: Koch brothers group attacks Gretchen Whitmer’s tax votes

May 31, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Gretchen Whitmer voted for tax increases in the Michigan Senate. Did they help drive the state economy into the ground and result in 500,000 job losses?

Confused about Michigan Medicaid reform? These maps and charts explain all.

May 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan wants recipients to work. Maps show who would be affected, how much changes would save and what reform would do to the job market.

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