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

Whitmer’s plan to raise business tax a hard sell to Michigan Legislature

March 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Democratic governor says the increase will likely be offset by tax relief elsewhere. Critics say that’s unlikely and warn that higher taxes will reverse gains Republicans attribute to business-friendly reforms from 2011.

Study: More Michiganders struggle to afford basic needs

March 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new study of the working poor in Michigan, from the Michigan Association of United Ways, suggests that more people, particularly seniors, are finding it difficult to afford necessities such as housing, child care and transportation.

Proposed repeal of Michigan ‘pension tax’ prompts fairness debate

March 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Supporters of repealing a 2011 tax on some retirement income say seniors were asked to shoulder more of the state’s income tax burden to offset a business tax break. Advocates for keeping the tax say it treats all retirement income equally.

Analysis: Gretchen Whitmer's budget banks on Michigan GOP backing one historic tax hike

March 5, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal is based on a series of interlocking monetary moves to fund roads, schools, cleanups and more. The Rube Goldberg-like plan is certainly bold, drawing a mix of admiration and caution.  

Six big proposals in Gretchen Whitmer’s first Michigan budget

March 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The new governor urges a state spending increase of 3.6 percent, with the centerpiece a 45-cent gas tax hike. She also proposes spending more for schools and to protect drinking water. The budget will test bipartisan pledges with state Republicans.

Gov. Whitmer: Boost Michigan schools by $507 million, with more for neediest students

March 4, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s governor’s first budget offers a fairly radical change in how the state spends money on public school students, with questions still on where the money would come from.

Michigan businesses to Whitmer: Focus on talent, stay consistent on taxes

March 4, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited local chambers of commerce and small businesses to promote her administration’s policy vision. Here’s what businesses want to see from Lansing while she’s in office.

Whitmer kills Michigan marijuana licensing board in favor of new agency

March 1, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s medical marijuana licensing board has been criticized as too slow at approving licenses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to abolish it and replace it with a new regulatory agency meant to speed up the process.

Look to sales tax on gas to help fix Michigan roads, report suggests

February 26, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new analysis by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan offers suggestions to state policymakers looking at ways to pay to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

Michigan GOP asks high court to rule on sick leave, minimum wage changes

February 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bad blood still remains after the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted citizen initiatives only to gut them later. Now, they want the Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have that power.

 

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

February 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A request from the Republican-majority Legislature would sidestep the traditional litigation process, and do an end-run around Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Medicaid work rules another test for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans

February 18, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is trying to avoid a repeat of Arkansas, where thousands of poor people lost medical coverage because of complex work rules. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says she has little to worry about with his legislation. 

Michigan senator seeks to end ‘revolving door’ of lawmakers turned lobbyists

February 18, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan state Sen. Jim Runestad, a Republican from Oakland County, is trying again to force lawmakers to wait at least two years before going to work as lobbyists.

Attorney General Dana Nessel may review Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

February 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said she may review Michigan lame-duck laws that gutted citizen proposals to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave. Her stance could produce a high-impact legal showdown with Republicans. 

Analysis: Eight ways Gretchen Whitmer vows to improve Michigan

February 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The new Democratic governor outlined her policy priorities during her first State of the State address Tuesday. Bridge offers context behind the proposals and what Republicans and other skeptics had to say in response.

The real state of no-fault auto insurance: Reform within reach for Michigan

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lawmakers and advocates say they see hope that a Republican legislature and Democratic governor can finally reform Michigan’s sky high insurance rates.

The real state of Michigan roads: Poor and getting worse without more cash

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Department of Transportation cites studies showing as much as $2 billion more a year is needed to maintain the state’s roads. Republicans say new funding should come from existing revenue. Something has to give.

Bipartisan ex-legislators propose gas tax hike to fix Michigan roads

January 31, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The newly formed Michigan Consensus Policy Project says it intends to pitch bipartisan solutions to the state’s thorniest policy problems. Why not start with roads?

Bipartisan bills: Michigan lawmakers take fresh aim at 'dark store' taxes

January 29, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation intended to change the way property tax assessments are made has been reintroduced after failing to advance last term. The issue pits big box retailers against local governments.

Bipartisan bills: Will latest measure put an end to lame duck in Michigan?

January 29, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

After a contentious lame-duck session and accusations of partisan power grabs, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pushing a resolution to ask voters to pass a constitutional amendment ending legislative terms before Election Day.

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