Lindsay VanHulle

Lindsay VanHulle is a Lansing-based Capitol correspondent covering the intersection of business and public policy in a joint venture that launched in 2015 between Bridge and Crain’s Detroit Business. Prior to joining Bridge, she was a reporter at the Lansing State Journal and Traverse City Record-Eagle. Her work also has appeared in the Detroit Free Press and USA Today. As a business reporter in Lansing, VanHulle covered plans for a $245 million off-reservation tribal casino in Lansing and subsequent court challenges, right-to-work legislation that drew thousands of protesters to the Capitol during lame-duck session in 2012 and dozens of same-sex marriages performed in Ingham County the day after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and is president of the Mid-Michigan Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. You can reach Lindsay via email at lvanhulle@bridgemi.com, or call her at 517-657-2204.

Articles

Fending off state, cities vow to rein in retiree benefits costs

December 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Cities facing large unfunded health and pension benefits for government workers say they’re already making changes, without need for state intervention

Slideshow: 8 Michigan ballot issues in 80 seconds

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Here are the basics on 8 measures activists are fighting to get on the 2018 ballot in Michigan, delivered in just over a minute.

Which 2018 Michigan ballot issues are going strong. Or going down.

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Petition drives to stop gerrymandering or end prevailing wage laws are going strong. Others, like an effort to allow pot even for minors, not so much. A quickie guide to 8 potential ballot issues.

Is Michigan ready for the next recession?

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The current economic expansion is nearing record lengths, but it won’t last forever. How are business and government leaders, and 2018 candidates for governor, preparing for the day Michigan’s economy heads south?

Snyder has steadied state finances, yet that may not be enough

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The governor’s fiscal reforms have left the state financially more secure. But budget squeezes loom, even without a recession on the horizon.

How will Michigan’s next governor prepare for a recession?

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democratic candidates argue that GOP policies have left Michigan workers behind. But the leading Republican candidate won’t even mention the R word.  

What Michigan businesses learned from the last recession

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The companies best prepared for the next recession have used the current expansion to invest smartly in talent and technology

Will ride-sharing mean less parking? And getting students in career tech

November 13, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Cities that are preparing now for ride-sharing and self-driving cars will be more attractive for jobs. State business leaders, meanwhile, are trying to coordinate the state’s patchwork of career and technical training.  

Michigan keg law repealed. Lesson: Kegs are less harmful than booze.

October 26, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A law intended to curb underage drinking at parties had the reverse effect, prompting enterprising teens to turn from beer to hard liquor.

Business and Lansing need to help the other to expand childcare for working parents

October 26, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan employers increasingly view child care as critical to attracting and keeping quality workers

6 ways to help working parents in Michigan afford child care

October 23, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s business leaders are discovering a strong connection between affordable child care and happy, productive workers.

Airbnb battle brews in Lansing

October 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bills would prevent cities from using local zoning laws to restrict where short-term rental businesses like Airbnb can operate in a city

State says ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign brings more than $1 billion into Michigan. Skeptics say prove it.

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

State tourism officials say the promotional campaign will endure, with a few changes.  

Tim Allen’s ‘Pure Michigan’ gig had a rocky start

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The homegrown actor said he took offense to being asked to repeat his narrative lines. Later, Allen grew to appreciate the direction.

As economy improves, so does Michigan tourism

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

From state park campsite reservations to national park visits, from Mackinac Bridge crossings to hotel stays, tourists are driving a solid Michigan summer for the tourism industry, data show.

Michigan chooses new company to evaluate Pure Michigan

October 3, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state selects Indianapolis-based Strategic Marketing and Research Insights to measure the ad campaign’s return on investment. Toronto-based Longwoods International had the state contract for years.

GOP senators say Michigan environmental agency is ‘overzealous’

October 3, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The senators send complaint letter to Gov. Snyder, citing delayed action, fines and permit requirements. Republicans want a DEQ with a “customer service mindset.”  

I-75 will be state's largest public-private transportation project

September 25, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A plan to have the private sector pay for construction and maintenance of part of the busy I-75 corridor in Oakland County will be the largest public-private transportation project in state history.

State forces alternative energy power to come from within Michigan

September 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Critics say the ruling goes against the spirit of last year’s energy law

Michigan employers brace for challenges with end of DACA

September 7, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lawyers say impact of ending program for those whose parents entered U.S. illegally will be greater than most anticipate.

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