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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.
Management

Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments Gain Clearer Path to Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a precedent that has pushed many of the cases into state-level proceedings.

Management

‘Peace Cross’ Ruling is Likely to Insulate Older Religious Displays From Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow a cross-shaped war memorial on public land in Maryland to stay put. But it has broader implications as well.

Management

‘Job Density’ Uptick in U.S. Metro Areas is Mainly Driven by Four Cities

Changes in the number of jobs per square mile in nearly 100 large metro areas are presented in new research, which noted that density can help support economic growth.

Finance

‘Contrarian’ State Pension Plan is One of The Nation’s Best-Funded

South Dakota's retirement system for public employees has been over 90 percent funded for nearly two decades. The state's investment officer discusses how its assets are managed.

Management

State's Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The Virginia case involved questions about legislative intent and the power states have under an atomic energy law.

Infrastructure

A High Stakes Debate Over an Environmental Permitting Law That Empowers States

States have blocked pipelines and coal facilities using the process. President Trump and some Republicans are pushing to revamp it.

Finance

Treasury Blocks State Charitable Deduction Workarounds to SALT Cap

Taxpayers won't be able to write off contributions they make as charitable donations, if they receive tax credits in return.

Management

Over 20,000 State Employees are About to Gain Collective Bargaining Rights

Nevada state employees haven’t been able to collectively bargain through unions. That’s on the cusp of changing.

Finance

A State Forges Ahead With a Controversial Plan to Control Pension Costs

Public employee unions have decried the pension measure as unfair, but Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and others have framed it as a needed step to ease the strain on government finances.

Public Safety

House Appropriators Tackle Marijuana Banking Issues

But industry advocates say more comprehensive legislation is needed, beyond proposed spending restrictions.

Management

Federal Judge is Latest to Toss Lawsuit Seeking Union Fee Refunds

Across the country, unions have been able to argue they were following laws in place when they were collecting "agency" and "fair-share" fees, prior to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

Infrastructure

To Curb Trashcan Clutter, a City Will Try Stowing Waste Underground

Raleigh, North Carolina is looking to improve on “the old school model” it uses to handle waste from downtown businesses.

Health & Human Services

State Lowers Degree Requirements for Child Welfare Case Workers

The move in Oregon comes amid concerns about workforce diversity and recruiting and retaining employees.

Public Safety

With ‘Arctic Man’ Ruling, Supreme Court Limits Certain Retaliatory Arrest Lawsuits

The free speech case involves a man arrested at a festival in Alaska. "It’s significant because it narrows the scope of what individuals can sue the police for," says one legal expert.

Infrastructure

$831 Million Project to Repel Invasive Fish From Great Lakes Gets Army Corps Greenlight

One advocate describes a “race against time” to block Asian carp, which pose a threat to native wildlife.

Management

The Disparities In Investment Found Across One City’s Neighborhoods

A new study highlights sharp differences in capital flowing to poor and wealthy and minority and white areas in Chicago.