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

Check out wait times at your Michigan Secretary of State offices

August 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Lines have gotten longer so far this year, compared with wait times in 2018. This Bridge database allows you to see how times have changed in branch offices near you.

 

Michigan school leaders decry explosion of untrained teachers in classrooms

August 9, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

School leaders including new state Superintendent Michael Rice say time and money are needed to reduce growth of long-term substitutes, following Bridge Magazine investigation.

Alarmed by long-term subs, Detroit raised teacher pay and offered bonuses

August 8, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The pay incentives, after years of cutbacks, allowed the state’s largest school district to hire hundreds of additional certified teachers, often plucking them from charter schools.

Database: How many long-term subs are in your Michigan district?

August 7, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The use of long-term, uncertified substitute teachers has exploded in Michigan as a teacher shortage has intensified. Search to see how many of the teachers are in your school district.

Michigan leans on long-term substitutes as its schools struggle

August 7, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

In the last five years, the number of long-term substitutes taking over public classrooms has risen tenfold in Michigan. Critics say reliance on subs is an embarrassment for a state with lagging school performance.

After 10 years of steady growth, Michigan’s economy faces headwinds

July 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s unemployment remains low and wages are coming back. But the auto industry is transforming, and trade and talent challenges persist across the state.

Stress builds as Michigan farmers are ‘hit from all directions’

June 25, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Farmers across the state are battling wet fields and uncertainty over tariffs and trade as many struggle to stay in business.

Michigan is No. 1! At getting old. That’s not good news.

June 20, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has the most counties in the nation with a median age of 50 or older, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday. The implications for the economy are dire.

Whites get half of mortgages in Detroit, nation’s largest majority black city

June 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit’s mortgage market is back, but mortgages are disproportionately going to whites. Blacks are buying in suburbs instead. ‘It looks like they’ve given up’ on Detroit, one Realtor says.

Michigan lawmakers’ pet projects get funding, new controls added

June 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

New legislation fixes minor errors so road, dam projects can move forward and funds an effort to bring a space program to northern Michigan.

 

See how much a 45-cent Michigan gas tax might cost you

May 31, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to solve the state's crumbling roads with a 45-cent gas tax, money that she says would fix Michigan's woeful roads. It would cost more but, she said, also save motorists hundreds in repair costs each year.

Michigan no-fault deal stops rate setting based on gender or education level

May 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

This week’s historic deal to revamp Michigan’s auto insurance includes provisions to eliminate a slew of non-driving factors. But where you live will still play a role.

Find troubled Michigan bridges in your community

May 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this interactive map to find bridges listed in serious or critical condition around Michigan

Michigan Republicans say car insurance reforms would slash premiums

May 7, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate approves bills that would allow drivers to opt out of unlimited medical benefits. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to veto the measure if it makes it to her desk.

Michigan is obese, unhealthy and dying young. And that's costing billions.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

From Detroit to Clare, poor choices and limited access to health care have added up to lower lifetimes for many state residents, making health a gnawing but significant concern to those who live in Michigan and those leading it.

How healthy is your Michigan county? Use this map to find out.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

From Escanaba to Adrian, Michigan’s health challenges are similar yet different. Use this map to explore a variety of metrics, from infant mortality and obesity to life expectancy.

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.

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