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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.

President Trump speaks during a Thursday news conference in the East Room of the White House.

Trump Intergovernmental Affairs Official: ‘We Have an Open Door Policy’

The deputy director of the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs encouraged state and local officials to reach out: “Come in, meet with us, let us know what’s going on.”

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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge near St. Petersburg, Florida.

Transportation Funding, Scrapping Obama-era Rule Among Federal Priorities for Regionalism Group

As groups like the National Association of Regional Councils await clarity on Trump’s infrastructure strategy, the organization wants a “mess” of a rule impacting metropolitan planning organizations eliminated.

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A fire truck in San Francisco.

Fire Chiefs Want Exclusion Under Trump Order Blocking Grants to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

During subcommittee testimony, a GOP congressman told the president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs the group should warn local governments about the risks of not cooperating.

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Private Investment in Public Infrastructure: Trust and Funding Present Obstacles

With questions about Trump’s infrastructure plans in the backdrop, a group of experts discussed public-private partnership deals at an event in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

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A coffee shop on NW 23rd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

Oregon Bill Proposing ‘Coffee Tax’ Seeks to Perk Up State Revenues

The five cent per pound excise tax would be imposed on coffee beans sold wholesale.

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City Leaders Meet With Trump Staff and Members of Congress

Infrastructure and protecting the municipal bond tax exemption are top priorities.

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Interstate 15 in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Can Private Investment Work for Rural Infrastructure?

During a U.S. Senate committee hearing, doubts emerge whether public-private partnerships can meet the needs of non-urban areas.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his State of the State Address in Augusta on Tuesday.

Maine Gov. LePage: Liberals Are Trying to Turn State Into ‘Socialist Utopia’

Known for his combativeness, the Republican governor offered a bit of an olive branch during Tuesday’s State of the State address: “Let’s try to figure out a way that we can work together.”

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Red-Light Camera Company Finalizes Legal Settlement With Chicago

According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his city “will not stand by while a company takes advantage of our taxpayers, and I hope that this serves as a warning to other companies.”

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Water Emergency in Chapel Hill, N.C.: ‘Our Water Supply Basically Ran Out’

Local authorities work to restore service after problems with fluoride treatment and a broken water main led to a loss in pressure.

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