Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joined 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

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

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’

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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