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.


Five big things Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants done. All of them iffy.

January 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Snyder begins his final year as a lame duck, wrestling with fellow Republicans on tax cuts, funding for roads, schools and talent. Bridge asked five experts to predict his success.

Michigan business climate improves, but educated workforce is shrinking

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s economy has long centered around manufacturing — especially autos. But reliance on a single industry produces boom and bust cycles.

Business incentives cost Michigan millions, and it’s uncertain they work

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Incentives generally are not the deciding factor for a company looking to move or expand. But incentives are at the center of an economic development arms race, one in which states that don’t play can find themselves losing out on high-profile projects.

Does state make $8.33 for every $1 spent on Pure Michigan campaign?

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

As it enters its second decade, the Pure Michigan campaign has become a flashpoint for critics who say its success is evaluated based on flawed assumptions about its return on investment.

Michigan needs $4B more per year for infrastructure, but how to pay for it?

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

We see the problem every time we drive into a pothole or read headlines about sinkholes, broken water mains and flooded freeways. Yet state leaders haven’t yet done much.

2018 Michigan ballot initiatives may decide marijuana, gerrymandering

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan voters may decide as many as eight ballot measures in November 2018, from legalizing recreational marijuana to changing the way Michigan politicians are elected.

Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley’s claims on state’s economic gains

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lt. Gov. Calley is taking credit for some of the major tax and business policy successes of the Snyder Administration.

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s role in Larry Nassar case

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Truth Squad explores Gretchen Whitmer’s mantle as an advocate for sexual assault victims after a cop accuses her of hesitating to prosecute a sexually abusive doctor.

5 things Michigan Republicans want in 2018

January 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

In a major election year, can anything worthwhile get done in Lansing?

Fending off state, cities vow to rein in retiree benefits costs

December 17, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Cities facing large unfunded health and pension benefits for government workers say they’re already making changes, without need for state intervention

Slideshow: 8 Michigan ballot issues in 80 seconds

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Here are the basics on 8 measures activists are fighting to get on the 2018 ballot in Michigan, delivered in just over a minute.

Which 2018 Michigan ballot issues are going strong. Or going down.

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Petition drives to stop gerrymandering or end prevailing wage laws are going strong. Others, like an effort to allow pot even for minors, not so much. A quickie guide to 8 potential ballot issues.

Is Michigan ready for the next recession?

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The current economic expansion is nearing record lengths, but it won’t last forever. How are business and government leaders, and 2018 candidates for governor, preparing for the day Michigan’s economy heads south?

Snyder has steadied state finances, yet that may not be enough

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The governor’s fiscal reforms have left the state financially more secure. But budget squeezes loom, even without a recession on the horizon.

How will Michigan’s next governor prepare for a recession?

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democratic candidates argue that GOP policies have left Michigan workers behind. But the leading Republican candidate won’t even mention the R word.  

What Michigan businesses learned from the last recession

November 20, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

The companies best prepared for the next recession have used the current expansion to invest smartly in talent and technology

Will ride-sharing mean less parking? And getting students in career tech

November 13, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Cities that are preparing now for ride-sharing and self-driving cars will be more attractive for jobs. State business leaders, meanwhile, are trying to coordinate the state’s patchwork of career and technical training.  

Michigan keg law repealed. Lesson: Kegs are less harmful than booze.

October 26, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

A law intended to curb underage drinking at parties had the reverse effect, prompting enterprising teens to turn from beer to hard liquor.

Business and Lansing need to help the other to expand childcare for working parents

October 26, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan employers increasingly view child care as critical to attracting and keeping quality workers

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.