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 email@example.com or call him at 313-815-7068.
June 23, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
The Grand Rapids region continues to surge ahead, adding jobs (if not high wages) across a wide area. Can its success be exported to the rest of Michigan
June 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon lured young professionals to struggling neighborhoods with tax breaks that allowed them to pay a pittance in taxes for beautiful homes or condos. Should those breaks be extended?
May 17, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
What Michigan can learn from this Ohio border city, which manages to balance its budget and keep cops on the street despite budget challenges
When cities lose 2,300 police officers, it’s time for Michigan to look in the mirror.
May 5, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
A measure to raise speed limits on Michigan highways is intended to align speed laws with how fast people actually drive. It’s not working out that way.
April 28, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.
March 24, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
In a blunt report putting the blame for Flint’s water crisis squarely on state government, a task force finds that Michigan gives too much power to emergency managers and not enough voice to local residents in distressed communities
March 24, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Beset by financial woes, Flint’s state-appointed leaders kept charging high rates to the city’s impoverished residents even though the switch to the Flint River sharply reduced city expenses
March 15, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Questions about the state’s bungled response to Flint’s water crisis have led to a bipartisan push to make the governor’s office and legislature subject to the state’s public records law. Michigan now ranks at the bottom for government transparency.
February 11, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Last year, Michigan replaced its longstanding MEAP standardized test with a new assessment aligned with the Common Core. Bridge’s Academic State Champs analysis allows you to compare your school with peer schools across the state.
January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why
December 10, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Lead poisoning rates have dropped dramatically in Michigan over the past decade. But in many cities and towns, child exposure rates far exceed those in Flint.
November 10, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Detroit touts huge reductions in police response times as evidence the city is keeping residents safer since the days before bankruptcy. But records obtained by Bridge show that grading the department’s gains is nearly impossible.
November 3, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
A college degree is more critical, yet more expensive, for Michigan families. At a Center for Michigan summit Monday, the governor and university chiefs clashed over how to make college more affordable.
September 30, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Across Michigan on game day, or just about any night during the week, alcohol is readily available to most any students who seek it (though, to be sure, many of the businesses that serve alcohol are vigilant in making sure students are of age).
Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.
September 15, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Michigan residents are intrigued by initiatives to earn free college credit and shave debt burden.
August 6, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
The city’s so-called ‘jobs desert’ is exacerbated by poor mass transit that makes it difficult for residents in outer neighborhoods to find work. What Mayor Duggan is doing to try to fix the problem.