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.


Michigan Democrats running for governor strike similar policy goals

June 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

With the exception of healthcare, there were no major disagreements at first official Democratic governor’s debate in 2018

Truth Squad | Abdul El-Sayed says rival takes ‘corporate dark money’

June 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

El-Sayed, a Democratic candidate for Michigan governor, says a group linked to Gretchen Whitmer is accepting unlimited campaign cash from corporate interests. Does he have the goods?

History gets a conservative twist in Michigan social studies standards

June 12, 2018 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Abortion, climate change and gay rights are gone from proposed new social studies standards. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck and conservative groups gained influence on what will taught in Michigan classrooms.

Will ending union wages on Michigan public projects save money, or just lower pay?

June 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge grilled two researchers on opposite sides of the prevailing wage debate on how its repeal will impact Michigan’s economy and skilled workers

Michigan House passes Medicaid work rules. May soon go to governor.

June 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bill would require fewer hours worked each month, and allow Medicaid recipients to count volunteering or job search toward rules

Michigan Republicans repeal prevailing wage law

June 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Citizen ballot petition is immune from Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto. Union-backed contractors decry that it will cut wages for building trades workers.

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recap

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.

Unemployment exemption dumped from Michigan Medicaid reforms, Snyder says

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A compromise is near on a bill to force Medicaid recipients to work or go to school, Gov. Rick Snyder tells reporters.

Ballot efforts to raise minimum wage, add paid sick leave beat state deadline

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Backers of the measures submitted statewide signatures gathered and now must wait to see if their signatures are approved to appear on the November ballot

Bill Schuette discloses 2017 taxes, more financial details in Michigan governor’s race

May 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The current state attorney general has come under criticism for not previously disclosing millions of dollars in Virgin Island real estate he inherited along with his sisters.

Which Michigan governor candidates disclosed 2017 taxes, and which haven’t

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Only five of nine candidates for Michigan governor have shared their 2017 tax returns with Bridge, in a year when politicians are calling for greater transparency from candidates for public office.

Three of four Republicans share tax returns. Bill Schuette said he will soon.

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Schuette continues to fend off attacks about inherited property in a U.S. territory, as Republicans spar over financial holdings.

Michigan Democrats El-Sayed, Whitmer disclose taxes; Shri Thanedar does not

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

All Michigan Democratic candidates have publicly supported greater  transparency and financial disclosure among candidates for state office.

Michigan Libertarian gov candidates decline to disclose financial details

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Two Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidates will appear on the August primary ballot for the first time in state history. The candidates say their campaign finance filings are sufficient.

Michigan’s governor candidates call for financial disclosure. Not all have done so.

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor — 7 in all — shared a debate stage Thursday. A few failed to disclose financial data when Bridge requested it earlier this year.

Racial accusations embroil Michigan Medicaid reform debate

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Is exempting Michigan Medicaid recipients who live in high-unemployment counties (but not cities) from work requirements a reflection of the challenges rural citizens face in finding jobs — or a perpetuation of longtime racial and socioeconomic divisions?

Michigan sides with El-Sayed over eligibility question

May 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed should stay on the August primary ballot for governor, state officials say. The Democrat's eligibility has been questioned because he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015.

A Northern Michigan town waves as I-75 drivers barrel past

May 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

West Branch wants to become a destination for tourists and new businesses. Residents plead for more job training. And the town may even ditch its Victorian past. (With slideshow)

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Medicaid work requirements

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the legislation as written. Here’s where seven candidates for governor stand.

Will Michigan’s Medicaid work bill fill jobs or save money? No one knows

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

It’s not clear how many Michigan Medicaid enrollees would have to find a job or lose benefits under a bill that passed the Senate. Nor is it clear how much the work rules would cost the state.