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

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.

Suburban leader wants Dana Nessel to probe $20M to help ex-GOP chair

January 25, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A Washtenaw County supervisor is seeking an investigation into two grants that will improve land owned by Bobby Schostak, a former GOP state chair and major political donor.

Who pushed $20M grants that help ex-GOP chair? Michigan records left blank

January 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

For two years, the Michigan Legislature has approved $10 million grants for utility lines on land owned by Bobby Schostak’s company. Each time, documents explaining why were left blank or don’t exist.

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

January 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Last month, lawmakers approved funding to help a company headed by a prominent Republican. But there are no records detailing the process. And if they existed, they’d be shielded under Michigan law.

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

January 16, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A company owned by former Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak will benefit from one of the largest grants of the recent lame-duck spending deal. He says it’s a good investment. Others disagree.

Lawmakers: Michigan Gov. Snyder swapped pork projects for votes in lame duck

January 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The now ex-governor spent years governing by spreadsheet. As he exited office, he governed by checkbook, doling out over $100 million in projects to secure votes for environmental cleanups, lawmakers say.

Gerrymandering is dying in Michigan. Of old age. No joke.

January 8, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Demographic shifts in Michigan favor Democrats as the population in rural Michigan declines, forcing new maps that should have more “purple” districts.

Michigan lawmakers spread millions in pork. Did your town get a cut?

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan lawmakers dole out more than $100 million in special projects. Check to see if your district got a piece of the action.

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300 bills in 13 days. Here’s what you need to know about changes to minimum wage, constitutional amendments, marijuana and puppies. Yes, puppies.

 

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