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Mike Wilkinson is Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike held a similar role at The Detroit News. See more stories by him here.

Michigan’s economic axis tilts away from Detroit

Looking for opportunity? Go west.

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Voting without an ID? Not a big problem in most of Michigan

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.




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How Michigan ‘games’ the welfare-to-work system

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.

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Segregation then and now: Metro Detroit

Following the fire and violence of 1967, Detroit established itself as the most segregated metro area in the country, with African Americans confined to narrow sections of the city and much of the suburbs a no-go zone. (See a Bridge report on […]

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Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

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.




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Betsy DeVos and the segregation of school choice

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.




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Rural Michigan thumbs nose at Clinton, backs Trump

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.




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Trump or Clinton in Mitten? What past elections tell us

How Michigan may play a pivotal role in presidential election: It could be firewall for Clinton or the fulcrum of a Trump shocker.




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How more affluent families get welfare for pricey private colleges

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.

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School choice producing segregation in districts across the state

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.




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Top 10 Michigan school districts impacted by school choice

The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.




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7 things every Michigan business startup must know

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.




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Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

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




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

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?




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City dwellers came for the tax breaks. Will they stay when breaks expire?

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?




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Revenue tools help Toledo survive through tough times

What Michigan can learn from this Ohio border city, which manages to balance its budget and keep cops on the street despite budget challenges.




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Not so fast: A bill to raise state speed limits veers off track

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.




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