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's incredible shrinking workforce

August 28, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Jobless rate at lowest since 2000. But teenagers aren’t working as much as their parents did, and many high-school dropouts have left the labor pool.

LG to invest $25 million to expand Oakland County vehicle battery operations.

August 28, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Company plans to add nearly 300 jobs atop 131 it already employs in Michigan.

Developers, including Gilbert, inquire about Michigan brownfield incentive

August 21, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Rock Ventures says capturing sales and income tax is ‘essential’ to major projects including redevelopment of Hudson’s site in Detroit.

Michigan food makers hope to fill China’s appetite

August 21, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

How do you say 'beer' in Chinese? Michigan businesses to find out.

Five questions about Foxconn: If Wisconsin balks, what’s it mean for Michigan?

August 14, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Prepare for a fight as Wisconsin lawmakers debate $3 billion in incentives to lure a Taiwanese manufacturer to invest $10 billion and create at least 3,000 jobs. The Wolverine State has a big stake in the outcome.

Programs help Michigan food, agriculture companies expand

August 7, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Department of Agriculture, is piloting a business development incentives program this year to help food-related companies that might be too small to be eligible for MEDC grants.

How to keep a millennial at your company? It ain’t with a ping-pong table

August 7, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

For all their bad press, millennials — the 20- to 30-somethings born roughly between 1980 and 2000 — are the future of work. And Michigan companies have a retention problem.

‘Good Jobs’ law may depend on the definition of good

July 31, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A tax incentive that rewards companies for creating hundreds or thousands of new jobs will require them to also pay “good” wages. What that means for workers remains is not yet clearly defined.

Q-and-A: New MEDC chief offers blueprint for Michigan’s economy

July 31, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Jeff Mason tells Bridge/Crain’s where he sees opportunities for the state to raise its economic game.

Can a Chilean forestry company revive Grayling?

July 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Arauco North America says its new factory will bring 200 jobs to a region desperate for a rebound. How Grayling lured the global forestry giant to northern Michigan may carry lessons for other struggling towns.

Grayling dusts off downtown with brewpubs, galleries

July 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Developers want more nightlife and condos, while some voice concern about whether Grayling can maintain its small-town flavor.

Forestry company says it won’t do harm to trout fishing paradise

July 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Arauco North America is courting environmental groups looking to preserve northern Michigan streams.

Snyder asks business world for a $6 billion favor

June 12, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

With the governor leaving office next year, business executives are being asked to carry the flag in Lansing for billions of dollars in new investment in education, infrastructure and jobs.

Is business losing clout in Lansing?

June 1, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

For generations, Republican lawmakers worked in lockstep with Michigan’s business establishment. But Lansing’s new GOP leadership is ignoring the priorities of business to pursue its own, anti-tax agenda.

Business leaders on Michigan

June 1, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

What the state’s top executives have to say about the most critical issues facing Michigan (Spoiler alert: It’s not tax cuts)

‘Michigan First’ in state contracts: A good deal for Michigan?

May 30, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation pending in Lansing could well save jobs for a salt mining company operating in Michigan. But it could also increase costs for state taxpayers.

AK Steel tax credits are $60M question for state, drawing backlash

April 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A favorable outcome for AK Steel could set a tax precedent for other companies that wind up in a similar scenario through a merger or acquisition.

Bills would legalize Internet gambling in Michigan, but only through casinos

April 10, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Backers of the legislation point to estimates showing the state could earn up to $60 million in revenue from the law. Fiscal analysts are less bullish.

After three years, Michigan’s working poor are still stuck

April 4, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Despite rising wages and declining jobless rates, four in 10 Michigan households remain unable to afford basic living necessities.

Year-round Daylight Saving Time? Michigan beware

March 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan is among more than a dozen states considering bills to halt the biannual time switch. Business leaders in Indiana say it was a disaster for that state.