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.
December 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
The legislature wants to make it harder to vote without state-approved photo ID. But based on data from the most recent election, few voters did so.
December 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Michigan is among states that spend the lowest percentage of welfare dollars on services intended to help struggling people rejoin the workforce. Its strategy: Finding creative ways to relabel other budget items as welfare spending.
December 6, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.
November 29, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary has focused attention on Michigan’s generous choice policy. In September, Bridge Magazine revealed one troubling side-effect: segregation
November 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Donald Trump steamrolled Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in midsize to smaller counties across the state, flipping many that voted for President Obama in previous campaigns.
November 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
How Michigan may play a pivotal role in presidential election: It could be firewall for Clinton or the fulcrum of a Trump shocker
October 4, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Thousands of middle- to upper-income students use federal welfare funds to attend expensive private schools. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of impoverished families in Michigan receive cash assistance.
September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.
September 20, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.
August 16, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
Too many new entrepreneurs make the same, avoidable mistakes. In a state badly lagging in new businesses, executing a sound plan is critical. Our experts tell you how.
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.