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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.

The U.S. Capitol

In Effort to Protect the Muni Bond Tax Exemption, ‘It’s a Full Court Press’

Columbia, S.C., Mayor Stephen Benjamin is helping lead a push by city halls to defend the tax break. “We’re going to speak to every member of Congress.”

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Hyundai IONIQ autonomous car on display during the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

Mayors Hear From Bill Ford on Autonomous Vehicles and Other Emerging Technologies

“We don’t have all the answers,” the Ford Motor Co. executive chairman said. “We often don’t even know what the questions are.”

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For U.S. Conference of Mayors, ‘So Far, So Good’ With Trump

On the first day of the organization’s annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C., city hall leaders discussed policy priorities such as infrastructure, health care and law enforcement.

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As Uber Teams Up With Public Sector, Tensions Over Trade Secrets and Transparency

“The Legislature really needs to clarify what the public policy is going to be,” according to the city manager of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State of the State Address at the State Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Trenton.

Chris Christie: ‘Arresting, Jailing, Stigmatizing the Victims Will Not Make It Better’

In his State of the State Address, the New Jersey governor laid out plans to address drug abuse and the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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Chicago Secures $1 Billion in Federal Grant Funding for Rail Upgrades

The money will go toward work planned on the city’s Red and Purple Lines.

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Two Prisons to Help Alleviate $1.7 Billion Budget Gap

“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”

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The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul

Taking Center Stage in Minnesota’s Legislature: Infrastructure, Taxes and Health Insurance Costs

Now in control of both the state House and Senate, Republican leaders look to tackle escalating health insurance premiums.

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A Public-Private Effort to Build New Tech Careers in Kentucky’s Coal Country

TechHire Eastern Kentucky is different than a community college training course or coding bootcamp. And it’s been a life-changing opportunity for some who have few other options.

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Workers on the Fresno River Viaduct that will carry the future California High Speed Rail corridor through the Fresno area.

Fresno’s Formula to Spur Downtown Revitalization

In California’s Central Valley, financial incentives and the prospect of a future high-speed rail connection to the Bay Area are helping to drive development. But there’s some uncertainty, too.

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