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

2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm

April 17, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Dearborn schools dominate many of the champs lists, as Bridge Magazine recognizes winners at schools from Grand Rapids to Detroit and the Upper Peninsula

Here are Michigan's Academic State Champs for 2019

April 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Take a bow. Here are the most successful high schools in Michigan at sending graduates to college, broken down into four categories. Did your school make the list?

No escaping billions of dollars needed for Michigan road fix, experts say

April 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

With up to half of all Michigan roads in poor shape, the state must generate new funding or residents will spend billions more in repairs and lost productivity, experts reveal at Center for Michigan road summit.

Detroit isn’t alone. Car insurance sky-high throughout Michigan, data show

March 28, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Look up average rates in your ZIP Code. Guaranteed, they are higher than the national average, adding grist to debate about reforming Michigan’s no-fault laws.

Rich-poor achievement gap won’t budge. Is investing in teachers an answer?

March 19, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Students from poor families are, on average, more than two years behind their wealthier classmates. Poverty plays a huge role in student scores, but can boosting teacher quality also help?

Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

March 11, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

In some counties, there are three funerals for every birth. That’s not a trend that bodes well for the state.

Memo to Mike Duggan: This is the real state of the City of Detroit

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt, Mike Wilkinson

Key metrics measuring the health of Detroit –  income, home values, poverty, foreclosures – show real progress since Mike Duggan became mayor in 2013. But he also benefits from starting at one of the worst periods in the city’s history.

Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix Michigan roads: Nearly triple gas tax

March 4, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

The Democratic governor wants to add 45 cents atop Michigan’s 26.3 per gallon tax on gas. She’ll propose doing so when she unveils her first state budget proposal Tuesday. Republicans already are criticizing plan.

Michigan roads are a big mess. Here are eight big ideas to fix them.

March 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Reform Proposal A? Raise the sales tax? Boost taxes on rich? As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to unveil her first budget, Lansing officials say it’s time to think big to fix Michigan’s big problems.

Warming temps mean many Michigan lakes won’t freeze in coming years

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

Climate change means that inland lakes in much of the Lower Peninsula may not regularly freeze during winter, endangering the ecosystem and a way of life.

Whitmer pushes college aid. But success rates vary wildly at Michigan schools

February 27, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A new scholarship proposal could get more students into Michigan colleges. But which campus they go to plays a big role in whether they graduate and how much they - and the state - will benefit.

Jeep plants a big win for Detroit. But expect debate about tax incentives

February 26, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Public officials cheer major investment in city to bring 5,000 jobs. But Detroit and state officials have 60 days to assemble land and present an incentives package to FCA.

More Michigan residents get college degrees, but state still trails diploma race

February 20, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

More than four in 10 Michigan adults have an associate’s degree or higher, the highest rate on record but still far short of what the state needs.

Lansing, we have a problem: Whitmer kills $2.5M rocket plan pushed by Snyder

February 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The grant, approved in lame duck, was intended to boost prospects for a commercial space program in Michigan. But the venture lacked detail and was derided by an expert as a “back of the napkin” plan.

Whitmer changes course, blocks $10M grant that helps former GOP chair

February 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has put on ice a grant that would help bring water and sewer lines to a swath of land owned by a company with ties to former GOP chair Bobby Schostak. She wants to determine if the money could be spent elsewhere.

Ex-Democratic chief says Michigan gerrymandering scared off candidates

February 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Brandon Dillon, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, testified at federal trial that Republican maps also made it difficult to raise campaign cash and find volunteers, claims disputed by the GOP.

New emails show Michigan GOP used maps to consolidate Republican power

February 4, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Just days before a trial over the state’s legislative maps, new records show GOP operatives working to make more districts lean Republican while lamenting some GOP dissent

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

February 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed displeasure with millions of dollars spent on dozens of pet projects during lame duck, but said state will honor the bill

Federal court scuttles Michigan gerrymandering deal, rejects trial delay

February 1, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Less than a week before a trial is expected to start, federal judges paved the way for a landmark showdown over Michigan’s legislative districts, which Republicans drew and Democrats have derided as unfair.

Arlan Meekhof takes credit for steering grants to help ex-GOP chair’s firm

January 31, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The former Michigan Senate majority leader says he helped ensure money for utility lines went to a project that will benefit Bobby Schostak. ‘I don’t think that’s unusual,’ Meekhof tells Bridge.

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