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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.
Public Safety

Bipartisan Support for Amendment That Would Block DOJ Crackdown on State-Regulated Marijuana

"I feel that a majority of the House would support this," said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat. Nearly 70 lawmakers have signed a letter in favor of the provision.

Infrastructure

Bipartisan Report Underscores Hard Truths About Infrastructure Funding

"Our attention has been on that baseline has not really been adequately funded, or appropriately dealt with," according to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut. "That needs to be addressed."

Public Safety

Colorado GOP Senator Pushes Back on Revised Justice Dept. Marijuana Guidance

Sen. Cory Gardner met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to discuss his concerns.

Infrastructure

White House Updates Senators on Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Administration officials told the lawmakers to expect more details about the proposal around the time of the president's State of the Union address, Sen. John Barrasso said Wednesday.

Route Fifty

A Clash on Capitol Hill Over the Future of Utah’s Bears Ears Monument

Native American tribes are opposed to GOP legislation that would change the size and management of the Obama-era national monument, which President Trump has sought to shrink.

Management

Trump Seeks to Nominate McConnell Staffer as Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair

The president proposed eliminating the economic development agency in his initial budget proposal. Tim Thomas, the prospective nominee to co-lead the ARC, spoke with Route Fifty on Friday.

Public Safety

Justice Department Rescinds Obama-era Marijuana Guidance

The move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stirs uncertainty for states that have legalized cannabis sales and production.

Finance

In Response to the Federal Tax Law, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Promises Court Battle and State Code Changes

"It is crass, it is ugly, it is divisive, it is partisan legislating, it is an economic civil war," Cuomo said of the tax rewrite.

Infrastructure

‘Waiting on an Opportunity to Work With the Administration’ on Infrastructure

State and local groups start 2018 awaiting the White House’s long-promised public works package.

Finance

Is the Tax Fight Over the SALT Deduction a Sign of Waning State and Local Influence on Capitol Hill?

“Do we have the clout we once had?" said the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "That’s a very difficult question."

Finance

Final Tax Bill Does Not Include Tax on State and Local Pension Plans

An earlier House-approved version of the legislation would have exposed some public pension investments to federal taxation.

Finance

Republicans Are on the Cusp of Passing Their Tax Bill

Here's a rundown of some of the major provisions that have implications for state and local governments.

Finance

Bloomberg Blasts GOP Tax Bill

Among the criticisms the business tycoon and ex NYC mayor lodges against the legislation: Restricting state and local tax deductions will mean less local investment for infrastructure.

Finance

A Push to Preserve the New Markets Tax Credit

The future of the credit, which helps provide low-cost financing for projects in struggling communities, has been caught up in the tax debate unfolding in Congress.

Finance

GOP Tax Deal Is Slated to Expand Capped SALT Deduction Proposal

Property, income and sales taxes would be covered under the emerging plan, which would differ sharply from current law.

Finance

GOP Leaders Near Deal on Tax Bill

But Republican negotiators in the House and Senate were mum Tuesday on specifics that could affect states and localities.

Infrastructure

Creating a State DOT That's Not 'Trapped in the 20th Century’

Colorado's departing transportation chief offers some thoughts on what it takes.

Infrastructure

Seeking Solutions for the ‘Water Infrastructure Death Spiral’

It’s a problem communities can face when populations and property values decline.