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

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on prevailing wage law

October 19, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

At issue is whether municipalities have the power to exert local control over what wages they pay to contractors.

Michigan utilities want to end renewable energy mandate

October 12, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Does the success of the state energy mandate make it a no-brainer to keep? Or is it proof that it is no longer needed?

The politics of breast milk, and who can profit

October 5, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation in Lansing wades into the commercialization of breast milk, and a growing battle between nonprofit milk banks and new, for-profit companies willing to pay nursing mothers.

State: Michigan’s energy efficiency program should save customers over $4 billion

October 5, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

The report from the Michigan Public Service Commission says customers get more than a 4-to-1 return on efficiency mandates. The report comes as the legislature is considering phasing out the mandates by 2019.

MEDC adjusts its belt

September 20, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

State agency mulls long-term strategy after budget, job cuts

State road construction industry seeks funding certainty

September 20, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A patchwork of temporary roads fixes makes companies hesitant to invest heavily in Michigan

Traverse City’s dilemma: Why this hot vacation mecca can’t attract young workers

September 13, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Traverse City fears a labor shortage as stagnant wages and the high price of housing are keeping talented millennials from moving in.

Lansing battle lines being drawn with competing energy bills

September 8, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A House bill expected to be introduced this week would offer more protections for renewable energy producers. Supporters of a competing Senate measure say their approach takes Michigan out of the process of picking winners and losers.

Swearing, sex and the path to a roads deal

August 31, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lansing is getting rid of antiquated criminal laws and addressing the Courser and Gamrat mess. But a roads fix must wait until the fall.

Online state lottery games spark feud with tribal casino operators

August 24, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gun Lake Tribe stops payments to protest state’s expansion into online gaming, which the tribe says violates compact. If other tribes follow suit, MEDC funding put at risk.

Michigan municipalities learn tough lessons on tax incentives

August 24, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Some communities have learned that extending economic incentives to companies can carry risks

Pew: Lessons from Detroit’s bankruptcy for other struggling cities

August 18, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Pew Charitable Trusts argues that early state intervention is critical when municipal fiscal troubles first appear.

Severe weather takes toll on Michigan tourism

August 10, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A wicked recent storm along with several harsh winters have hurt the bottom line for lodging, retail, fruit crops in northern vacation retreats.

Community colleges seek state OK to give bachelor’s degrees

July 19, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Senate bill to expand the four-year degree offerings by community colleges faces stiff opposition from the state’s 15 public universities.

Should electric vehicle owners pay higher fees to help fund state roads?

July 19, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A state House bill is proposing EV owners pay up to $100 more in registration fees to help fund the state’s roads plan. Automakers counter that buyers should be given incentives to buy alternative-fuel cars, not penalties.

State roads legislation getting bumpier than the roads that need fixing

July 16, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

House Republicans adjourn for the week after failing to square their measure with a bill passed by the Senate.

Turf war: Community colleges want to offer more 4-year degrees

July 13, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Senate proposal would allow community colleges to offer bachelor degrees in nursing and other fields. State universities push back.

Newspapers take notice of revenue threat

July 6, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Proposed legislation would move public notices – hearings, descriptions of property to be sold, election dates, all in tiny type – from print to the Web, and with it money that Michigan’s newspapers can ill-afford to relinquish.

Legislature gets little respect from state voters in survey

July 6, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democrats disapprove of the work Lansing lawmakers do by a wide margin, but even Republicans were down on the GOP-dominated body.

House summer plans including watching Senate’s move on road funding

June 21, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Critics say legislative leaders should be meeting now with Gov. Snyder to hash out permanent roads fix for Michigan. But House prefers to wait to see what the Senate comes up with first.

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