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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

Job Prospects In Cities Dim For Workers Without College Degrees, Study Finds

The research shows an erosion of middle-income jobs for this group of workers between 1980 and 2015, which has been particularly devastating for those who aren’t white.

Health & Human Services

Medical Sector Grapples With Troubling Protective Gear Shortages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah governor considers statewide mask mandate ... Virginia governor asks schools to change Confederate names ... Atlanta mayor rebukes National Guard deployment.

Finance

Support to Restore Nixed Municipal Refinancing Tool Grows in Congress

The 2017 federal tax overhaul eliminated tax-exempt advance refunding, but the coronavirus crisis has lawmakers looking at the possibility of bringing it back.

Tech & Data

One City’s Plan to Help Local Businesses by Funding a Cash Rewards Program

As Akron, Ohio grapples with fallout from the coronavirus, the city is working to launch a mobile app where people will earn “blimp” credits for local purchases. The credits can then be used like currency at other area establishments.

Public Safety

State AG Recommends Data Reporting Mandate for Police Deadly Force Incidents

As it stands, most police agencies in Washington state are not reporting this type of information through a program the FBI launched last year.

Public Safety

Despite Mitigation Efforts, Watchdog Finds Rise in Repeatedly Flooded Properties

The Government Accountability Office says steps like acquiring and demolishing flood-prone homes won't be enough to shore up the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Infrastructure

Supreme Court Shows Interest in Clash Over Pipeline Builders Seizing State Land

The high court is asking the Trump administration to offer its views on the New Jersey case, which involves a roughly $1 billion natural gas pipeline project.

Health & Human Services

How Did Americans Spend Their Stimulus Payments? New Data Offers Clues.

Findings from a new Census Bureau survey show how people at different income levels have used the money in different ways.

Public Safety

Texas and Florida Restricting Bars Amid Coronavirus Surge

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas bars to close, while a state official said Florida is planning to suspend on-premises alcohol sales. Both states are grappling with trying to control the virus, while allowing businesses to operate.

Public Safety

Saharan Dust Sweeps Into Gulf Coast Region

The atmospheric event isn’t uncommon, but this time the plume is unusually large. It could pose some health risks for people with preexisting respiratory conditions.

Public Safety

Trump Administration Weighs in Against Hawaii Quarantine Mandate for Travelers

Restrictions on out-of-state arrivals in several states have drawn court challenges. Meanwhile, New York and two other states moved ahead with a policy like this on Wednesday.

Health & Human Services

Coronavirus Relief Helping to Keep Down Poverty Rate—For Now, Research Finds

A new report says the CARES Act has offered an important boost to low-income families. But aid will dry up as the year goes on.

Public Safety

Power to Rework Criticized Police Contracts Lies With Elected Leaders

In the wake of protests over police brutality, new attention is being focused on police unions and their contracts, known to stymie reforms. Will mayors and city council members force changes?

Management

Virus is Squeezing State and Local Public Workers’ Personal Finances, Survey Finds

Employees are also worried about the amount of debt they are carrying, while some said they will save less for retirement.

Management

Ohio Mayors Launch Joint Effort for Police Reform

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida governor blames spread of Covid-19 in state on farming areas … Greensboro allocates money to repair businesses damaged by looters … Retail sales rise.

Finance

San Francisco Voters to Decide on Taxing Companies With Outsized Executive Pay

Local elected leaders are sending the tax plan to the ballot, citing concerns about equity and the large hole that the coronavirus has blown in the city's budget.

Public Safety

Multiple Gun Cases Rejected By Supreme Court

The court hasn’t handed down a major Second Amendment ruling in about a decade. On Monday, it for now put off the possibility of changing that anytime soon.

Health & Human Services

Face Masks ‘Significantly Reduce’ Spread of Covid-19, Study Finds

“The effect is greatest when 100% of the public wear face masks,” researchers wrote, suggesting that officials should encourage people to cover their faces in public.

Finance

A Governor Proposes Furlough Days, Some Layoffs to Help Balance Budget

Nevada is looking for ways to bridge a massive revenue shortfall brought on by the coronavirus.