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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

Not Out of the Woods Yet: State Borrows $100 Million As it Looks to Solve Forest Controversy

The story of Oregon's Elliott State Forest is one of logging, litigation, old trees, imperiled animals, and school funding.

Finance

Soda Taxes Lead Some to Cut Down on Sugary Drinks, Fizzle With Others

But the full cost of the taxes does appear to be getting passed to consumers in at least two cities.

Management

What to Think About Next With Opportunity Zones? Community Input For One Thing.

“If you simply try to impose something on a community, you do so at your own peril,” says one mayor. This and other themes emerged this week at a summit focused on the program.

Finance

California Governor on Opportunity Zones: ‘I hope it’s not just to make a quick buck.’

State and local leaders and investors gathered to discuss the economic development program on Monday.

Finance

States See Sales Tax Growth After Supreme Court Ruling

South Dakota v. Wayfair opened the door for new collections from online retailers, with several states currently considering plans.

Finance

Lawmakers Press Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Opportunity Zones Oversight

"I want to make sure it works the way it was intended," one Ways and Means Committee member said of the new program.

Public Safety

A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

Civil rights advocates allege defendants are stuck in Philadelphia jails as court officials flout state guidelines.

Finance

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

The president's fiscal 2020 spending plan also renews calls for cutting popular grant programs.

Finance

Give Up Some Green to Go Green? Bond Investors May Be Reluctant

New research finds the pricing of tax-exempt municipal “green bonds” is nearly identical to similar non-green securities.

Infrastructure

Considering a State Bank for Local Governments

Proponents say it could help with infrastructure financing, particularly for smaller jurisdictions. Bankers are skeptical.

Finance

State Supreme Court Rules Pension Credits Don't Deserve Special Protection

But it stops short of reworking the “California Rule,” which restricts how retirement benefits can be altered in some states.

Infrastructure

Democrats Lay Down a Marker on Drinking Water and Sewer Funding

But a bill introduced Thursday calling for billions in new spending and a tax increase is likely to be a tough sell with Republicans.

Management

Federal Court Rejects State Worker Collective Bargaining Challenge

A childcare employee who brought the case tied her argument to last year's Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

Health & Human Services

The States With the Best and Worst Levels of Well-Being

Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.

Finance

Financial Institutions Working in Distressed Areas Call for More Federal Funding

“I have a strong suspicion that the current administration will propose yet again to slash the funding for the coming fiscal year,” says a Democratic appropriator.

Management

Call of the Wild: More States Are Embracing Outdoor Recreation

“Those people out in the woods having fun are spending a lot of money,” says one Montana official.