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Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.
Infrastructure

233 Mayors Object to EPA's Proposal to Scrap Clean Power Plan

The local government leaders say they'd benefit from the "support and certainty that a federal framework for reducing the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions could provide."

Infrastructure

Rural Water Group Pushes for Technical Assistance Funding

Including for so-called "circuit rider” programs that involve experts who visit communities to help them out with drinking water and wastewater issues.

Infrastructure

For Local Governments, Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is a First Step

The proposal may not align perfectly with what many local officials are looking for. But they’re pleased to see it fueling further discussion in D.C. about infrastructure.

Finance

Trump's Budget Repeats Calls for Slashing State and Local Programs

The proposal appears to be out of step with previous actions by Congress and a new two-year budget deal enacted last week.

Infrastructure

The White House Is Finally Revealing Its Infrastructure Plan

States and localities would play a big role in reaching the Trump administration's $1.5 trillion goal for investment in public works.

Infrastructure

House Dems Call for 5 Times More Infrastructure Spending Than What's Expected in Trump's Plan

"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Infrastructure

Congressional Budget Deal Poised to Include $20 Billion Boost for Infrastructure Spending

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funding would "augment" existing public works programs.

Public Safety

Traffic Deaths Have Gone Up. What Can Governors Do About it?

"If we had 100 people lost to natural disasters or terrorist attacks every day, we would mobilize immediately," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

Health & Human Services

Federal Watchdog: State Reporting Gaps Limit Assisted Living Oversight

"This report finds that thousands of seniors face serious health and safety risks in their assisted living facilities,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said of the Government Accountability Office findings.

Infrastructure

House and Senate Lawmakers Look to Boost Water and Sewer Financing

Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, says new legislation is meant to help communities "of all sizes, in every state secure loans so they can improve their crumbling infrastructure."

Finance

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

Public Safety

State and Local Officials Press for More Resources to Reduce Risks From Natural Hazards

“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.

Management

In State of the Union, Trump Calls for Infrastructure Bill With Heavy State and Local Involvement

"Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment," the president said.

Finance

What Does the Economic Forecast Look Like for U.S. Metro Areas?

Estimates presented to mayors last week show solid national GDP growth in the near term. But there are concerns about workforce participation, regional divides and immigration policy.

Management

Is Trump Driving a Partisan Wedge Between Mayors?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting in D.C. highlighted complicated political terrain city officials are trying to navigate.

Infrastructure

Don't Expect Trump's Infrastructure Plan to Propose New Revenue

White House adviser DJ Gribbin also told mayors the plan would not propose cuts to existing, "formula" funding programs, like the Highway Trust Fund.

Public Safety

DOJ Sideswipes Mayors Gathering With Immigration Subpoena Threat

"As we stand here, we have 23 of our mayors that are now under threat of prosecution, because of something that the president has called 'sanctuary cities,'" said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Management

The Leading Challenge Many U.S. Mayors Say Their Cities Are Facing

Based on the latest Menino Survey of Mayors, it’s “not just a coastal problem, but a problem everywhere.”

Infrastructure

A Breakdown of the Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan

The 6-page document, published by Axios and Politico, shows what may be taking shape as the White House looks to formally release its proposal.