Lindsay VanHulle

Lindsay VanHulle is a Lansing-based Capitol reporter covering state government and politics. She covered the intersection of business and public policy in a joint venture for Bridge and Crain’s Detroit Business until December 2017. Prior to joining Bridge in 2015, 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. 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 517-657-3401.

Articles

Michigan A-to-F school bill gets passing grade in Senate; on to Gov. Rick Snyder

December 18, 2018 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

A controversial bill that will give grades to schools will likely become law, despite concerns about whether it meets federal guidelines.

Lansing looks to bonds to help solve local pension, health-care debts

December 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A lame-duck bill that would allow more Michigan communities to use bonds to pay for spiraling pension and retiree health care legacy costs is expected to soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The term-limited Republican governor said he agreed with the GOP Legislature that the original laws passed earlier this year would harm economic progress in Michigan. Advocates for workers vowed a lawsuit.

What’s dead ‒ and what’s still in play ‒ in Michigan’s lame-duck session

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Legislature has one week left before its two-year term ends. A number of bills, including requiring public employee unions to vote to recertify and banning home growing of marijuana, died for lack of votes.

Senate panel narrows bill for the Michigan Legislature to enter lawsuits

December 11, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits has been scaled back to limit the instances in which lawmakers could do so.

Michigan Democrats stay quiet in lame duck. Some say it’s part of a plan.

December 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Party activists want Gretchen Whitmer and other incoming Dems to lash out as Republicans seek to rein in their power. But party insiders urge patience as they try to limit damage and quietly seek vetoes from Gov. Snyder.

Michigan Republicans advance bills on campaign finance, voting, education

December 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Spoiler alert: Democrats aren’t happy

Michigan Senate GOP moves bills enacting Props 2 and 3, despite objections

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Republicans say they are setting processes in place for a commission to oversee political redistricting, as well as reforms such as same-day voting. Proponents suspect an ulterior motive.

Michigan GOP to public unions: Recertify every two years or die

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A fast-tracked bill pushed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof resembles a policy gaining steam by a conservative free-market group. Workers deserve choices, he says.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

December 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The group that spearheaded the state’s new paid sick leave law says it believes the arrival of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer — and her veto pen — in January will help its chances of making the ballot in 2020.

Drama in Michigan lame-duck: Good government reform or naked power grab?

November 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A flurry of bills from the GOP is sparking accusations that they’re trying to maintain as much power as possible before Democrats take over top statewide offices in January.

Michigan Senate scales back minimum wage, sick leave laws in ‘dark of night’

November 28, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan senators approved major changes to two citizen-backed laws that would increase worker pay and benefits, hours after presenting the changes to the public. Critics say the move leaves the public in the dark.

Michigan Republicans aim to soften minimum wage, sick leave in lame duck

November 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Changes are likely to the citizen-initiated laws the Republican Legislature passed in September. Proponents of the changes say they’re critical to protect small business. Opponents say they violate the will of the people.

Gretchen Whitmer inherits a stable economy, but an unforgiving budget

November 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s next governor takes office with an economy that’s humming. But the state budget is limited by existing spending deals, Republican opposition and the prospect of an economic downtown, which could foil Whitmer’s policy goals.

Five takeaways from Michigan’s 2018 midterm election

November 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

A blue wave (and pink), polling got it right and Michigan faces a divided Capitol in January. Experts discuss the major implications of Tuesday’s election results.

What Gretchen Whitmer promises to do as Michigan’s next governor

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the damn roads will cost some damn money, and the Democratic winner for Michigan governor must now work with the Legislature to find it. We summarize this and other promises Gretchen Whitmer made in her campaign.

Gretchen Whitmer is winner in Michigan governor race

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Whitmer, the former Senate minority leader, rolling to victory over Bill Schuette in her race to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

Truth Squad | Michigan anti-pot group wrongly claims Prop 1 puts weed in kids’ hands

November 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Proposal 1 language includes provisions to keep marijuana off school property and prevents pot-infused edibles from being packaged to appeal to kids.

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