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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.
Public Safety

New Congressional Deal Could Unlock More Money for Mitigation Projects Before Disasters Strike

The legislation gets mixed reviews, as funding provisions in it are weaker than they were in an earlier draft.

Finance

Lawsuit Will Test State Plan to Shift Retiree Drug Coverage to Medicare

Maryland enacted changes to save billions of dollars on health care coverage for retired public employees. But a rollback of prescription drug benefits has led to a court challenge.

Finance

Deficit Laden Federal Finances Stir Uncertainty for Future State Aid

Low Federal Reserve interest rates are a concern as well when it comes to how the nation will respond to the next recession.

Finance

State Lawmakers to Congress: Butt Out of Online Sales Taxes

The National Conference of State Legislatures is asking leaders on Capitol Hill to refrain from legislating around the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court decision.

Finance

The States That Could Be Derailed By an Economic Downturn

New research shows that some states have improved their ability to cope with a recession. Others remain less prepared.

Management

How Incomes Compared Last Year Across States and Metro Areas

New data from the Census Bureau show how median household income levels stacked up around the U.S. in 2017.

Finance

City Revenue Growth Is Slowing Down

That's according to the latest National League of Cities fiscal conditions report.

Management

The States and Metro Areas Where Poverty Was Highest Last Year

New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau offer a look at the states and metro areas that have been grappling with the nation’s highest poverty rates, as well as income inequality.

Management

Mayors Seek to Offset 'Diminished' Federal Role on Climate Change

They're meeting with business leaders in San Francisco this week to discuss the issue.

Finance

'Tax Reform 2.0' Would Permanently Curtail State and Local Deduction

Some state and local government leaders have chafed at the cap on the so-called SALT deduction.

Infrastructure

Rural Water Group Keeps Up Push for Changes to Lending Programs

The utility group wants the changes included in a final version of water infrastructure legislation taking shape in Congress.

Finance

Emerging Plan Would Rework Payments for Forest Counties

Two senators are working on a proposal meant to get local governments in logging country off a funding "rollercoaster."

Management

Mayors Press for 'Opportunity Zones' Regulations in Treasury Meeting

U.S. Conference of Mayors leaders say they're eager for capital to start flowing under the new economic development program.

Finance

Teacher Pay Lags Badly Compared to Other Jobs, Study Finds

New research shows public educators face a growing “compensation penalty.”

Public Safety

Forecasting How Policy Changes Could Affect Prison Populations

A new online tool offers a look at how choices by states could raise or lower the number of people behind bars.

Management

Firm Offers Data on Hundreds of Businesses in 'Opportunity Zones'

The dataset’s creators hope to draw attention to small companies eligible for investment under the economic development program.