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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

Zones for New Federal Tax Breaks Approved in All 50 States

Guidance for the “Opportunity Zones” program, which will provide tax breaks for investments in low-income areas, is still forthcoming.

Infrastructure

There Are Jobs to Be Had in the Nation's Waterworks Sector

New research takes a look at workforce opportunities and gaps tied to U.S. water infrastructure.

Infrastructure

NYC DOT Chief: Feds Are Forgoing City Input on Self-Driving Vehicles

“I urge you to enlist cities as partners,” transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg told Senate lawmakers.

Finance

Law Enforcement Grants Would Get Funding Bump Under Senate Bill

The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.

Finance

Funding Steady for Environment, Interior Programs in Senate Bill

The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.

Management

Mayors Get a Crash Course on What Resonates With Millennials

A polling guru offered the city leaders advice on how to communicate with younger constituents.

Finance

The Mayor of Memphis Wants to See His City Shrink

Mayor Jim Strickland and others are interested in "de-annexing" parts of the city.

Public Safety

Study: Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico May be 70 Times Official Count

The official fatality figure after Hurricane Maria was 64. New research indicates it could exceed 5,000.

Public Safety

When Rivers Come to 'Greet' a City

An Iowa mayor and a D.C. city official reflect on flooding and other "resiliency" issues affecting their towns.

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.