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

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.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on taxes, spending

July 16, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor outline their plans to spend money –  and whether they’ll want more taxes.

Ignore the sticker price at Michigan universities. Here’s the real cost.

June 28, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge shows the surprising differences between the published price and the real cost of attending Michigan’s 15 public universities. Students from middle-class and low-income families take note.

Michigan could see tax windfall from marijuana, betting and online shopping

June 27, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan officials may find a plethora of riches soon. Will they spend it on roads, schools or tax breaks?

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Rising rents and tax breaks for developers revive Detroit gentrification fears. But city insiders also note easier access to loans and new business in some long-dormant neighborhoods.  

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

June 12, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.

What urban revival? In Michigan, residents still flock to suburbs

June 5, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Heard about how Millennials are going to save cities? More are moving to the suburbs, which fuel population growth throughout Michigan.

Truth Squad: Koch brothers group attacks Gretchen Whitmer’s tax votes

May 31, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Gretchen Whitmer voted for tax increases in the Michigan Senate. Did they help drive the state economy into the ground and result in 500,000 job losses?

Confused about Michigan Medicaid reform? These maps and charts explain all.

May 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan wants recipients to work. Maps show who would be affected, how much changes would save and what reform would do to the job market.

Property values roar back in Michigan, but many communities left behind

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Tight tax laws put a crimp on Michigan municipalities even as property values finally climb.

Check out property values in your Michigan community (map)

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map and database to explore changes in market values in communities throughout Michigan from 2014-2017.

Michigan Medicaid reform and race: Maps explain controversy

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Cheat work sheet on racial debate embroiling Medicaid work reform bills. Here's four maps that illustrate why some feel there's a northern bias toward exemptions.

See how low-income students fare in your Michigan school district

April 26, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Poor children in Michigan struggle compared with more affluent classmates. See how your district is faring in this Bridge school database.

Michigan GOP in bind after Muslim rant taints governor race, experts say

April 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican candidates for governor Patrick Colbeck said on a video he fears Muslims are trying to bring “sharia law” to Michigan and “exercise influence” by reaching the state’s top political post. Democrat Abdul El-Sayed was his target.

On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan schools continue to trail most states in academic achievement, floundering in the bottom third of all states, according to the national NAEP test.

How Michigan schools are suffering, shown in 10 slides

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A few steps forward, and several back, as Michigan struggles to revive its schools

Jobs are plentiful and wages are booming in Michigan. No ... really.

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

By definition, Michigan is at full employment. But job growth remains a key election issue and uncertain remains.

See what jobs are paying in your Michigan region

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Not all jobs are created equal in Michigan. Use this interactive graphic to explore what the growth of jobs, by pay, throughout the state.

Michigan’s riding high. But a downturn is coming and the safety net is frayed.

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

A peak economy is the perfect time to expand job training and assistance. Instead, state officials are squandering the good times, experts warn.

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