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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.
Finance

New Study Grades State Government Spending Websites

Ohio and West Virginia were among the states that fared well in the rankings.

Finance

Local Leaders Visit D.C. to Oppose Possible Spending Clawbacks, Cuts

Mayors and others who took part in the lobbying effort are part of a newly formed coalition of small and mid-sized communities.

Infrastructure

Dispute Over Florida Passenger Rail Project Gets Airing in Congress

The rail controversy has lawmakers raising questions about guidelines for tax-exempt private activity bonds.

Public Safety

Lawmakers Push for Program to Improve Urban Flood Hazard Maps

Bipartisan legislation would create a four-year pilot project within the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Finance

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Online Sales Tax Case

It will now be up to the court to decide whether to reverse a legal precedent that dates back to an era before internet sales.

Finance

No Matter How the Supreme Court Rules, Don't Bank On an Online Sales Tax Boom

Changes to a long-standing legal precedent could free states to impose sales taxes on more internet retailers, but the immediate revenue gains could be somewhat limited.

Finance

Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Limits on State, Local Tax Authority

With South Dakota v. Wayfair, the justices could resolve long-standing tensions over online sales tax collections.

Finance

Public Pension Cuts Appear to Be Stifling Recruitment, Study Finds

Benefit reductions can save money, but may also be making it tougher to attract workers to state and local government.

Public Safety

HUD Awards Unprecedented $28 Billion of Disaster Recovery Grants

Of the total, about $16 billion is slated for mitigation projects geared toward preventing future damage.

Finance

Treasury Department, IRS Announce 'Opportunity Zone' Designations

The initial round of zone approvals under the new economic development program covers 15 states and three territories.

Public Safety

Feds Invite State and Local Agencies to Take Part in Disaster Exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's latest National Level Exercise will take place April 30 to May 11.

Management

State Preemption of Local Authority on the Upswing, Research Shows

The National League of Cities released an updated report this week on the number of states that have laws preempting local power in certain policy areas.

Infrastructure

Trump to Stump for Infrastructure—Again

The president will highlight his public works plan in Richfield, Ohio on Thursday.

Tech & Data

Dozens of State DOTs Are Now Using or Testing Aerial Drones

A new survey finds that state transportation departments are using unmanned aircraft for gathering images of construction sites, surveying, bridge inspections and other tasks.

Finance

S&P Nudges Philadelphia's Credit Rating Downward

The city's finances face pressure from public employee pensions and added public school costs are on the horizon.