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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

A State Pension Proposal That Promises Near-Term Savings, But Higher Future Costs

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly included the “reamortization” plan in her first budget. It’s proving to be controversial.

Public Safety

White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.

Public Safety

Signs of Rising Support From Governors For Legal Pot, As AG Nominee Vows Not to Crack Down

An advocacy group notes a “dramatic shift” in elected officials' views on marijuana. U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr says it's time for Congress to take action on the issue.

Management

Denver Offers $5,000 in Mortgage Aid for Eligible Federal Workers Hit by Shutdown

“We’re stepping up to support our federal employees," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Management

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration's Citizenship Question on Census

State and local governments are among the groups that have objected to the Census asking about citizenship status.

Finance

Disputes Over State Taxes on Railroad Fuel Simmer Before Supreme Court

The court on Monday asked for the U.S. government to submit views on an Alabama case.

Management

Cuomo Proposes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban in New York

The state would join California in implementing such a ban if it is enacted.

Finance

Few Signs So Far Sports Wagering Will Be Huge Boon for State Budgets

“Large amounts of tax revenue from sports gambling is no sure bet,” one expert notes.

Infrastructure

County Leader Seeks to Stop Sewage Spills Along Border Amid Shutdown Fight

With tensions high over a wall, a San Diego County supervisor is focused on funding for waterworks.

Finance

The States That Give and Get the Most Federal Dollars

A new analysis identifies states that have sent more money to Washington than they saw in returned federal spending.

Management

IRS Cancels Meeting on Opportunity Zones Rules Due to Shutdown

Those interested in the economic development program have been closely tracking the guidelines.

Management

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

Finance

Retiree Health Care Liabilities Keep Stacking Up For States

Newly issued data show the financial challenge posed by "other post-employment benefits."

Management

GOP AGs Weigh in Against States in Census Case Before Supreme Court

It’s one of several legal battles over the Trump administration’s controversial decision to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Finance

Pennsylvania Pension Commission Flags Upwards of $1 Billion in Investment Costs for One Year

The sum earned by investment managers from one pension fund exceeded employee contributions for the same period.

Management

For the First Time, a U.S. State Will Have a Majority-Female Legislature

The change comes during a year when women candidates had a strong showing at the state and federal levels.

Finance

The Promise and Peril of Borrowing Money to Manage Pension Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week proposed issuing bonds to improve the city’s pension funding levels. Is that a good idea?