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.

Articles

Dow Chemical being courted by other states

May 18, 2016 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

If more business-friendly states come calling, can Midland hold on to thousands of high-paying jobs? A test of Gov. Snyder’s economic development strategy.

At odds over betting: Michigan’s last two horse tracks battle over electronic wagering

May 15, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Hazel Park Raceway (thoroughbreds) and Northville Downs (harness racing) are battling to the wire over a bill intended to help preserve Michigan’s race industry.

Michigan looks to lead on regulation of autonomous vehicles

May 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state is one of the first to pass laws on the driverless cars of the near future. One lawmaker says he hopes Michigan can be a model for others.

Michigan’s company towns: striking a balance with powerful employers

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

For decades, dominant industries in small towns have meant jobs, money and economic and civic spinoffs. They can also cause jitters and economic heartache. Here's a look at five Michigan towns with an outsized corporate resident.

Greenville: Moving past Electrolux

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Town puts focus on regional economic development, skilled trade

Midland: Leaders say Dow Chemical is committed to city’s future

April 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Thinking positively about a merger in a town inextricably linked to the chemical company

Flint water crisis could threaten Pure Michigan campaign success

March 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Business leaders say they must work harder now to attract companies to Michigan in the wake of ongoing negative publicity

Mission Improbable: Selling Flint in wake of crisis

March 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Efforts aim to counter lead crisis with Flint positive

Pure confusion?

March 20, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Revamp of state travel website aims to put tourists on right road to Michigan

Why a Florida company is designing the Pure Michigan website

March 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media was neither the highest nor lowest bidder out of the 22 firms vying for the contract

Old money, new direction: Who will Michigan’s big donors back, After Jeb?

February 26, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Following Jeb Bush’s flameout from the 2016 presidential race, some powerful GOP donors in Michigan are deciding who to support now

MEDC awards $400,000 contract to rebuild Michigan's website to Florida-based company

February 24, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Miles Media Group LLP, based in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday won a nearly $400,000 contract to rebuild Michigan.org from the Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corp

State senator’s plan would burn DPS debt with tobacco revenue

February 15, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

No bill has been introduced yet, but money from national tobacco settlement would support the governor’s two-district plan to address DPS money problems while keeping the district functioning

Powerful law firms step up Lansing lobbying efforts

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Honigman law firm, which recently snagged Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore, is one of several firms adding to its lobbying presence in the capital to influence legislation for clients.

Bill would restrict ads for the state’s Medicaid expansion program

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican senators say the state has advertised enough, while defenders say frequent turnover among those seeking insurance requires constant education.

State seeks to eliminate tax credit for auto insurers

February 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The increased use of the tax credit could cost the state $80 million in annual revenue if it is not addressed

Putting a price on fixing Flint, and cities like it

January 24, 2016 | Chad Halcom, Lindsay VanHulle

More than $100 million in state and federal money already headed toward Flint will help with immediate needs. But replacing aging, lead-based water pipes in Flint and other older cities will take time, and a whole lot more money.

Snyder urges state to approve $28 million for Flint water crisis

January 21, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Rick Snyder used his State of the State speech to personally apologize for government’s failure to protect Flint residents from lead-poisoned drinking water, and pledge long-term support for those impacted

Should medical pot users be protected from job firings?

January 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Under current law, workers registered under Michigan’s medical marijuana law could nevertheless lose their job if pot showed up in a drug test. Employers say such a law would make drug policies difficult to enforce

State budget decisions coming on surplus, less revenue

January 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

At least some of the windfall will likely be steered toward the state-created water crisis in Flint

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