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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

IRS, Treasury Take Icy View of State Workarounds to Capped Deduction

A notice issued on Wednesday could have implications for some recently passed state laws.

Infrastructure

Water Infrastructure Legislation Gushes Ahead in Congress

A House committee passed its Water Resources Development Act legislation unanimously on Wednesday.

Infrastructure

Senate Panel Passes Water Bill That Would Rework Lending Program

Provisions involving the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act have drawn backlash from some utility groups.

Management

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Virginia Uranium Mining Case

A group of companies argues that Virginia's ban on mining for the radioactive metal runs afoul of federal law.

Infrastructure

What the House Water Resources Development Bill Leaves Out

Water and sewer utility provisions found in the Senate version of the legislation aren't included in the House draft.

Management

There's Fresh Interest in Reviving an Old Intergovernmental Commission

A U.S. House task force is looking at the possibility of a 2.0 version of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Infrastructure

House Panel Advances Spending Bill for HUD and DOT Programs

Community Development Block Grants and "BUILD" infrastructure grants are among the programs the appropriations legislation proposes spending levels for.

Infrastructure

Trump's Infrastructure Plan 'Not Dead,' GOP Senator Says

"We're very actively working on it," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs a public works subcommittee.

Infrastructure

FEMA Chief: 'The Key to Resiliency Is at the Local Level'

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long highlighted some of his agency's limits when it comes to preparing communities for natural disasters.

Infrastructure

Private Water Utility Shareholders Reject Transparency Proposals

The proposals would have required American Water to make new disclosures on political contributions and lobbying.

Infrastructure

Tension Bubbles Up Over Water Infrastructure Bill in Senate

The prospect of making changes to federally-backed drinking water and sewer lending programs is proving to be controversial.

Infrastructure

Research: Poor Spend Huge Portion of Income on Infrastructure Costs

The Brookings Institution takes a look at the affordability of America's public works.

Infrastructure

Water Infrastructure Bill Offers a Kumbaya Moment on Capitol Hill

“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Infrastructure

Senate Lawmakers Seek to Extend Waterworks Financing Program

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would be authorized through 2021 under a bill released Thursday.

Infrastructure

House Proposal Would Pump More Funding to Army Corps

The House Appropriations Committee included the spending increase in fiscal 2019 legislation for water and energy programs.

Tech & Data

Indiana Takes Action to Protect K-12 Schools From Hackers

The state has launched a multi-pronged initiative aimed at reducing cybersecurity risks.

Finance

S&P: Rosier Near-Term Outlook for State Budgets, but Risks Persist

The credit rating agency released its annual U.S. states budget analysis this week.

Finance

The Feds Outlawed a Key State and Local Refinancing Tool. Now What?

Tax-exempt advance refunding helped state and local governments save billions of dollars in recent years.