Bridge will help lead Michigan’s transition into a diversified, 21st century economy.


Snyder’s former budget chief points to Michigan’s way forward

May 9, 2017 | Bridge Staff

A Q-and-A with John Nixon, Gov. Rick Snyder’s lauded budget guru before he left in 2014.

Take a trip through the Michigan Tax Time Machine (SLIDESHOW)

May 9, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Michigan used to have plenty of jobs, high wages – and high taxes. Not so today. Travel briefly through time to see how what Michigan collects in taxes has shrunk over a generation – and why we now struggle to fund the basics.

After three years, Michigan’s working poor are still stuck

April 4, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Despite rising wages and declining jobless rates, four in 10 Michigan households remain unable to afford basic living necessities.

Check out Michigan’s hottest residential markets

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Homes in these cities now exceed 2008 property values, even as much of the rest of the state still recovers from the Great Recession

Farmland prices soar in Michigan

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Rising crop prices fueled a surge in land values, and larger investments in Michigan farms

Warren now has highest industrial property values in metro Detroit

March 23, 2017 | Kirk Pinho

A $1 billion investment by GM gives Warren the region's highest industrial property values. Auburn Hills slides into second, while Detroit is a close third.

Michigan property values remain dramatically below 2008 levels

March 20, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 90 percent of Michigan residents live in communities where property values have yet to return to 2008 levels. Can the hardest hit cities and towns recover?

A tale of two cities: Ann Arbor now outpaces Detroit real estate values

March 20, 2017 | Kirk Pinho

The numbers show just how far Detroit has fallen post-bankruptcy, and how much farther the city has to go toward a real turnaround.

Has your town recovered from the Great Recession? See the property value map.

March 20, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

We break down the property value numbers from every city and township in Michigan to see how communities have fared since the Great Recession.

On Michigan farms and in restaurants, who will fill the jobs?

February 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Fruit and vegetable growers across the state say immigration crackdowns will scare away seasonal workers, with few Americans eager to fill in.

Michigan’s economic axis tilts away from Detroit

January 6, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Looking for opportunity? Go west.

Trump’s tax audit and his bid for a Detroit casino

October 13, 2016 | Rick Haglund

A Detroit casino wasn’t in the cards for Trump, undone by some of the same issues dragging down his presidential campaign today, including a battle over tax returns

7 things every Michigan business startup must know

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.

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

August 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

If the state doesn’t create a new generation of business owners, its future will remain hostage to the swings of the manufacturing sector

In Cheboygan, waiting for entrepreneurs to take a chance

August 9, 2016 | Jacob Wheeler

The city’s downtown stores are shuttering. While some hope for a shift to a tourism-based economy, a port project is betting on new industry

Protesters a thorn during Trump’s Detroit economic speech

August 9, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Before an unusually rowdy Detroit Economic Club audience Monday, the Republican presidential nominee calls for cutting business taxes, reducing regulations and letting parents fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxable income

Booming again: West Michigan’s economy is on a roll

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

10 counties with lowest jobless rate

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow photo gallery of the 10 Michigan counties with the lowest jobless rate as of April 201

10 counties with biggest increase in jobs

June 23, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Slideshow photo gallery of the 10 Michigan counties with the biggest increase in jobs from 2012-201