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 lawmakers treading lightly on guns

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun bills, most seeking to expand gun rights, are stuck in limbo as Lansing takes stock of the post-Parkland landscape.

The status of 39 gun bills in the Michigan Legislature

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun-related bills have been introduced since Michigan's current legislative term started. Most seek to expand gun rights, but gun politics may be shifting following a deadly school shooting in Florida.

El-Sayed asks court to settle his eligibility for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Democrat wants a judge to say he is qualified to be on the ballot

How to solve Michigan’s big problems? Be willing to talk about solutions

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Taxes, good government, natural resources, quality of life among the topics discussed at The Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine’s first Solutions Summit, part of the nonpartisan groups’ 2018 Truth Tour.

Michigan’s infrastructure is in shambles. Answers aren’t easy

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state needs $4 billion in infrastructure fixes. But state, federal and local governments, and private sector, should be involved in a fix.

Why don’t Michiganders trust government? Let’s count the ways.

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Government records are private. Gerrymandering is common. Dark money is omnipresent. But some say solutions will cause more problems.

Michigan governor candidates release tax returns, other assets

March 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge Magazine requested financial data from 19 candidates for governor to shed light on potential conflicts of interest. Here’s a rundown of who responded, and who didn’t.

Michigan’s 2018 infrastructure report card: D+

March 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state earns a near-failing grade for its roads, water and other infrastructure from civil engineers, with virtually no improvement since 2009.

Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates’ infrastructure policies

March 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

From roads to drinking water, Michigan doesn’t spend enough money on upkeep. What would candidates to succeed Rick Snyder do to make long-term fixes, and how would they pay for it?

Should Michigan ease teaching standards to lure career-tech instructors?

February 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

State aims to fill career-tech teaching shortage by recruiting non-teachers with industry experience to the classroom. Can it work?

Michigan Truth Squad: Schuette says tax hikes put family dreams at risk

February 22, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican frontrunner for governor portrays a state where taxes are ever rising, overwhelming residents fighting for their very survival.

Will Florida school shooting nudge Michigan to pass ‘red flag’ gun laws?

February 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

A Republican committee chair promises to give a good look to stalled bills to allow relatives and police to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from those who pose risks.

Five takeaways from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s final budget

February 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

How will a desire for tax cuts among GOP lawmakers affect Snyder’s plans for more money for roads and schools?

Six ways Gov. Snyder has changed how Michigan spends taxpayer dollars

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Over Gov. Rick Snyder’s two terms as Michigan governor, state spending has risen overall, but has gone down for prisons, and spending remains far below 2000 levels.

Snyder’s Michigan: Fewer prisoners, less prison spending

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has backed efforts to lower the price tag on corrections costs and programs designed to keep offenders from returning to prison. In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

Snyder’s Michigan: Less crime, but more funding for State Police

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Does the drop in Michigan crime suggest State Police now get too much funding? Or did a beefed up agency help bring crime numbers down? In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

Snyder’s Michigan: Budgets for executive branch and Legislature grow

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan Republican leaders have preached the mantra of smaller government, but funding for the governor’s office and Legislature have grown more than 40 percent since Gov. Rick Snyder took office.  In this series we examine seven years of Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

Snyder’s Michigan: Business taxes fall, burden shifts to residents

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan has seen more than $2 billion in business tax cuts from 2008 through 2016. In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

Snyder’s Michigan: More spending, but Michigan government remains small

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Total state of Michigan spending is up 10 percent since 2012, when adjusted for inflation. But the state still has the second smallest state and local government workforce. In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

Snyder’s Michigan: Agriculture spending has spiked 64 percent since 2011

February 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state is building staff and investment in helping Michigan farmers “stay ahead of the curve.” In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.

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