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, or call her at 517-657-2204.


How to keep retired business owners (and their cash) in Michigan

September 8, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Many business owners fund their retirement accounts with income from selling their business. Can Michigan find ways to convince them stay and keep their money here, rather than Florida, when they retire

Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

August 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The pilot project, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kellogg Foundation and another group is a new effort to connect former prisoners with job

Trump, Clinton economic views a complex buffet for Michigan business

August 14, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan business groups are mostly staying out of the fray when it comes to endorsing the two major presidential candidates. Tax and global trade policies under the next president are being watched closely by business leaders, including the Big Three

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

Michigan pilot extends Pell Grants to prison inmates

August 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan has received the second most grants in the nation in an effort to give prisoners the post-release skills they need to gain work and avoid crime.

How Trump vs. Clinton is likely to impact state races

August 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Business groups and chambers of commerce are backing pro-business candidates in Tuesday’s state House primary election with endorsements and campaign contributions. Yet uncertainty surrounding the presidential race could impact down-ballot races in November

Bills would restore tax credit for angel investors

August 1, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Venture capitalists point to the credit as a way to make Michigan competitive with other states for startup funding, which they say sends the message that Michigan welcomes entrepreneurs.

Sale of Willow Run site to center for driverless car testing could close next summer

July 24, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

But the American Center for Mobility still lacks $60 million in federal funding said to be needed for the project, which is expected to open in 2018.

In the driverless car race, California companies have eye on Michigan

July 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Out-of-state companies are looking establish offices in Michigan to be closer to the state’s auto industry. Economic development leaders hope this will boost the state’s cachet as a leader in the nascent mobility industry

Battle in Lansing over community colleges expanding 4-year degrees

July 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Conflicting bills are prompting a debate over the mission and funding of community colleges, with four-year colleges and universities defending their turf

‘Smart road’ speed, location sensors going on up Michigan roads

June 27, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.

Senate leader trying to find a third path on state energy overhaul

June 20, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

A proposal by the Senate energy committee chair is meant to address the Michigan Chamber’s concern about alternative energy mandates. Environmentalists say the new measure could make it harder for them to intervene.

Gov. Snyder: I’m still politically relevant

June 5, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

As Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to focus his message on Michigan’s future, the jury remains out on whether his administration, post-Flint, has the clout to help shape solutions for Detroit schools, statewide infrastructure repair and other policy priorities

Michigan’s record on infrastructure: Ignore everything

June 2, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The last time Michigan’s infrastructure performance was measured was 2009; when we were bottom in the nation. Then things got worse.

Charters chafe at commission oversight in Detroit

June 2, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The proposed Detroit Education Commission is the centerpiece of a debt-relief proposal in Lansing favored by the governor, and the city’s mayor, business and education establishment. On the other side: Michigan’s charter school industry.

Flint water, city schools on agenda at Mackinac biz conference

June 2, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The annual conference on Mackinac Island, a wonkfest of deep policy discussion and open bars, will address some of the state’s most vexing infrastructure and education issues.

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.