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

Lead levels drop in Michigan kids after Flint spike. But so does testing.

November 2, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

With map: After a one-year increase, blood lead levels are down again in Michigan. But is it because fewer people are getting tested now that the Flint water crisis has faded?

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on jobs and the economy

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

If Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette have one thing in common in their race for governor it’s this: Both are short on details on how they would pay for their campaign promises.

Schuette hitches economic plan to tax cuts and hopes of continued smooth sailing

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The attorney general wants to keep Michigan on upward path and believes tax cuts are best plan, without saying how state would survive a billion-dollar cut in revenue

Absentee ballots way up in Michigan. Use this map to check your county.

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Interest in the Nov. 6 election is surging, following a historic turnout in the August primaries.

Yes, Michigan has many problems. But let’s talk Trump, voters say.

October 30, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Twelve counties that switched allegiance from Obama to Trump are far less interested in Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer than they are in President Trump, Bridge learns during a tour of swing voter country.

Benson, Treder Lang outline visions for Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Mary Treder Lang and Jocelyn Benson want to be Michigan’s next secretary of state. They both promise to cut waits and improve efficiencies.

Jocelyn Benson: Fix waits, transparency of Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The Detroit Democrat says she wants to use technology to ease long lines at branch offices and make Michigan a “model for fair elections and clean elections.”

Mary Treder Lang: Improve service, voter rolls of Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Q & A with Mary Treder Lang, Republican for secretary of state

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

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

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.

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