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 Republicans and Whitmer move closer to no-fault auto insurance deal

May 16, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, says she draws line on GOP option for drivers to opt out of buying personal injury protection in car insurance. But she appears willing to reach a no-fault deal without tying it to an agreement on road funding.

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

One day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will veto bills to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the anti-abortion group said it has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters in 2020.

Gov. Whitmer, Republicans see path to deal on Michigan auto insurance reform

May 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she and Republicans are no closer to a deal on auto no-fault reform than they were when both chambers passed bills last week. But talks are ongoing, which both sides said was promising. 

Roads get spotlight, but 447 Michigan bridges in serious condition or worse

May 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

With not enough money in the state budget, and projections that these aging structures will only worsen, state transportation officials are seeking $1 billion to fix the most deteriorated bridges by 2025

Lessons for Michigan on quickly replacing old bridges, from a state that’s done it

May 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Pennsylvania this year expects to finish a five-year, $1.8 billion project to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges. The contractor will then maintain the bridges for 25 years. What can Pennsylvania teach Michigan?

House Republicans pass Michigan no-fault reform with tweaks from Democrats

May 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House bill, passed 2 a.m. Thursday, includes guaranteed personal injury rate savings, which Gov. Whitmer complained was missing from a Senate measure. The two bills, if reconciled, would then go to Whitmer.

Michigan Republicans appeal gerrymandering ruling. What you need to know.

April 30, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

Five questions and answers following Tuesday’s appeal of a bombshell federal court ruling ordering special elections in Michigan.

Michigan eyes renewal of tax break that has cost $40K for every new job

April 30, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Some Republicans want to extend a tax incentive awarded to companies that create hundreds or thousands of good-paying jobs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t publicly said whether she’d keep it, but generally supports tax breaks.

Michigan’s political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules

April 25, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

A three-judge panel finds that 34 districts were drawn in 2011 to benefit Republicans and orders special elections in 2020.

 

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

April 25, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not write an opinion on last-minute GOP changes to wage and sick leave laws passed in December. Instead, she deferred to the state Supreme Court on whether the changes were constitutional.

 

Michigan Senate panel rejects Whitmer gas tax, as budget dance continues

April 23, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Senate Republicans adopted a state transportation budget without any new long-term funding for roads. That proposal will come this summer, Republicans said.

Dana Nessel, in a nod to Michigan workers, creates payroll fraud unit

April 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The attorney general, who received heavy union support in her campaign, said Monday she will go after Michigan companies that don’t pay full wages and benefits to employees through a new payroll fraud unit

Whitmer seeks a $5 million Pure Michigan cut to apply to roads. GOP balks.

April 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says cutting $5 million from the Pure Michigan marketing budget will free up money for roads and schools. But two key House and Senate Republicans want to keep the popular campaign intact.

Whitmer and Republican leaders join forces to study Michigan jail reforms

April 17, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Elected leaders, judges and law enforcement want to learn more about the state’s crowded jails in an era of lower crime rates, in hopes of crafting new laws to reduce the inmate population, cut costs and right wrongs.

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

April 15, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Most Michigan schools visited take active shooter security seriously. Just don’t ask the state what each school is doing – it doesn’t keep track. And the Office of School Safety the Legislature created? It remains unfunded.

A deal to fix Michigan’s roads looks to roll into summer, at least

April 12, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The ball is in the Republican Legislature’s court when it comes to presenting an alternative to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $2.5 billion road-funding plan. Will private negotiations produce a compromise both sides can sell?

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

April 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state’s high court will hear arguments in July on whether the Legislature followed the rules when it watered down the impact of citizen-drafted legislation to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. But the court stopped short of saying it will issue an opinion.

Whitmer’s road funding plan could pit Michigan cities against rural areas

April 1, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed making roads with the heaviest traffic a priority for more than $2 billion in new funding. That’s not going over well in rural Michigan.

Michigan plows on with Medicaid work rules as law is struck down in two states

March 28, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A federal judge stopped work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, ruling the federal government did not fully consider harm to patients. Michigan’s law, which is similar, does not yet face a court challenge.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to start Friday under legal cloud

March 26, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Supreme Court may yet weigh in on whether the Legislature violated the Michigan constitution in passing, then gutting, these laws during lame duck. The controversy may end in court.

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