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 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.

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.

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