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, or call her at 517-657-3401.


Ban-the-box policy to hire ex-inmates is gaining backers

January 23, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Employers who have taken the criminal-history checkbox off job applications say they still check backgrounds, but leave the discussion about an applicant’s record until later in the process. Will others follow?

State expands review of false fraud charges against workers

January 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Review includes additional 30,000 computer-generated claims.

Snyder: I’m warming up to business incentives

January 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

In a Q-and-A with Bridge, Michigan governor said he is growing more comfortable with business incentive legislation that likely will be reintroduced this session. 

Business incentives backers say they plan to keep trying

December 19, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Stymied in lame-duck session, developers and economic development leaders across Michigan say they will lobby Lansing next year for nearly $300 million in new business tax incentives.

$4 billion question: How to pay for infrastructure fixes?

December 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

In a state where new taxes are often a non-starter, the idea of raising more money for roads, bridges and drinking water lines has been a hard sell. Yet Michigan may have no choice.

Pension, healthcare rollbacks for public workers die in lame duck

December 6, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Efforts in Lansing to lower unfunded liabilities by converting pensions into 401(k)-like accounts for teachers and capping public employees’ retirement healthcare benefits will likely be renewed in January.

Report: Michigan must spend billions more a year to modernize infrastructure

December 5, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

A governor-appointed commission says state must spend $4 billion more annually to update roads, bridges, energy and water systems. Michigan spends a smaller portion on infrastructure than the U.S. average.

Unions vow to fight Lansing on public pensions, health care

December 5, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Supporters of the bills, including GOP legislators and some municipalities, say generous benefits were promised decades ago in different economic times and are now unsustainable. Teachers and city workers say they’ve sacrificed enough.

Business groups split on state Senate energy bills

November 27, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Some large industrial companies and school districts saying the current legislation would force less expensive alternative electric suppliers out of business.

How Trump impacts Michigan autos, healthcare and energy policy

November 14, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

President-elect Donald Trump has promised sweeping changes in trade policy, environmental regulations and Obamacare on the campaign trail. Here’s how these issues critical to Michigan are likely to play out, according to business and political leaders.

Capitol Briefings: Bills would clarify insurance coverage for Uber, Lyft drivers

November 7, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s bills adapted from model language used in 40 states, insurance industry say

Bills spark debate over ride-sharing upstarts at airports

November 3, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation to create a statewide licensing system for the ride-hailing companies, which let customers summon rides through smartphone apps, has the airports fighting back to protect other revenue streams

Democratic gains in House could shift debate on infrastructure funding

October 23, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan faces huge funding decisions on roads and water infrastructure as well as energy policy. In a state dominated by Republican leadership, will Democratic gains in the House on Nov. 8 change the legislative calculus?

A budding market for risk-taking pot entrepreneurs

October 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

New businesses, from tech firms to labs, are forming to support Michigan’s growing medical marijuana industry, betting on full legalization one day

Michigan could gain millions in tax revenue in legal marijuana market

October 17, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Changes in the medical marijuana market in Michigan could lead to more than $63 million in new tax revenue, estimates show

Gilbert brownfield bill raises questions about lost state revenue

September 25, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Though advocates of a plan to capture Michigan sales and income taxes to offset the costs of large development projects contend the state wouldn’t award a project that didn’t yield more revenue than it gives away, criticism remains that bill is a giveaway to developers.

Gilbert pitching Lansing to sweeten incentives for large developments

September 18, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

A group of real estate developers and economic development agencies is pushing a statewide plan to capture sales and income taxes to help sweeten a traditional brownfield incentive for large-scale projects. Will Gov. Snyder agree

Top priorities for GOP legislature this fall

September 11, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

With only 20 work days before Christmas, Republican lawmakers will make big push on energy package, while other priorities might have to wait

How to keep retired business owners (and their cash) in Michigan

September 8, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Many business owners fund their retirement accounts with income from selling their business. Can Michigan find ways to convince them stay and keep their money here, rather than Florida, when they retire

Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

August 28, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

The pilot project, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kellogg Foundation and another group is a new effort to connect former prisoners with job