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.


6 ways to help working parents in Michigan afford child care

October 23, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s business leaders are discovering a strong connection between affordable child care and happy, productive workers.

Airbnb battle brews in Lansing

October 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bills would prevent cities from using local zoning laws to restrict where short-term rental businesses like Airbnb can operate in a city

State says ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign brings more than $1 billion into Michigan. Skeptics say prove it.

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

State tourism officials say the promotional campaign will endure, with a few changes.  

Tim Allen’s ‘Pure Michigan’ gig had a rocky start

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The homegrown actor said he took offense to being asked to repeat his narrative lines. Later, Allen grew to appreciate the direction.

As economy improves, so does Michigan tourism

October 16, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

From state park campsite reservations to national park visits, from Mackinac Bridge crossings to hotel stays, tourists are driving a solid Michigan summer for the tourism industry, data show.

Michigan chooses new company to evaluate Pure Michigan

October 3, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state selects Indianapolis-based Strategic Marketing and Research Insights to measure the ad campaign’s return on investment. Toronto-based Longwoods International had the state contract for years.

GOP senators say Michigan environmental agency is ‘overzealous’

October 3, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The senators send complaint letter to Gov. Snyder, citing delayed action, fines and permit requirements. Republicans want a DEQ with a “customer service mindset.”  

I-75 will be state's largest public-private transportation project

September 25, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A plan to have the private sector pay for construction and maintenance of part of the busy I-75 corridor in Oakland County will be the largest public-private transportation project in state history.

State forces alternative energy power to come from within Michigan

September 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Critics say the ruling goes against the spirit of last year’s energy law

Michigan employers brace for challenges with end of DACA

September 7, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lawyers say impact of ending program for those whose parents entered U.S. illegally will be greater than most anticipate.

Michigan on winning streak in tax deals to grow jobs, far outpacing 2016

September 6, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

State deals have led to at least $4.3 billion in investments and 6,700 jobs through August, Bridge analysis shows.

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.