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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

Flint Congressman Not Giving Up on Push to Assist Struggling Cities

Rep. Dan Kildee, of Michigan, believes his efforts could gain new traction in a Democratic controlled House.

Management

In Cities Rejected by Amazon, Some See Upsides to ‘HQ2’ Process

“It wasn't just a sense of winners and losers in this,” says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, of Gary, Indiana.

Management

Amazon Officially Names 'HQ2' Sites in NYC and Virginia

Company also outlines billions of dollars of incentives—including tax credits and cash grants—promised by states and localities.

Smart Cities

A Neighborhood-Driven Approach to ‘Smart City’ Technology

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: José Serrano-McClain, former Project Manager, NYCx, Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, City of New York.

Management

From Pensions to Pot, Lawmakers Outline Post-Election Priorities

“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.

Finance

Washington Voters Approve Ban on Local Soda and Grocery Taxes

The initiative drew over $20 million of support from soft drink companies and others. A similar proposal in Oregon failed.

Management

Despite Democratic Gains, GOP Still Dominant in State Legislatures

Republicans now hold about two dozen more state legislative chambers around the U.S. than Democrats.

Management

Mixed Results for Democrats in Battleground Governors Races

Democrats picked up seven seats, but also lost a few competitive races.

Public Safety

No Breathalyzer for the Stoned? Maybe That’s OK.

With recreational marijuana now permitted in nine states, questions remain over the best way to detect high drivers.

Infrastructure

More Evidence Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Investments Can Pay Off

The National Institute of Building Sciences expands on work showing the benefits of mitigation spending far outweigh the costs.

Finance

Lawmakers Push to Make Tax Credit Targeting Poor Areas Permanent

Two House members are advocating for the New Markets Tax Credit program to be extended in any post-election tax legislation.

Finance

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.

Finance

A Growing Gap Between Healthier and Worse Off Pension Plans

New research offers a dim assessment of some of the most poorly funded state and local public retirement systems.

Finance

Estimating How Many Jobs the Trade Deficit With China Has Cost the U.S.

New research shows that the heaviest losses affected a diverse set of states, ranging from Vermont to Texas.

Public Safety

Support for N.D. Marijuana Initiative Outweighs Opposition, Poll Finds

Ballot Measure 3 includes an unusual provision that would automatically seal criminal records for marijuana offenses.

Finance

‘Opportunity Zones’ Rules Help Bring Program Into Sharper Focus

Proponents of the initiative believe it could attract billions of dollars of new investment to struggling communities.

Finance

Signs of Strong Interest in ‘Opportunity Zones,’ as Investors Await Regulations

“The number of dollars that are flooding to the space right now, far outpace the pace that we can actually deploy that capital responsibly,” says an executive at one investment firm.

Management

Distressed Communities Index Underscores Economic Divides

A new study finds sharp differences between communities that have prospered and fallen behind during the past decade.