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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

Disability Advocates are Filing Lawsuits Against Scooter Companies and Cities

A new suit against Minneapolis is at least the third of its kind filed this year. It alleges that electric scooters are blocking sidewalks and creating other problems for people with disabilities.

Infrastructure

States Fail to Step Up for Natural Gas Storage Safety Program

Following a 2015 leak in California, a federal agency took on new responsibilities for inspecting the natural gas sites, but a watchdog says that fewer states than expected are helping.

Management

Rising Number of Older Americans Burdened by Housing Costs

New research finds this trend is happening as gaps in wealth are becoming more stark between high and low income baby boomers and others approaching retirement age.

Infrastructure

Reducing Short Car Trips Could Provide Big Benefits, Trail Group Says

A new study tries to put a dollar value on what it would mean if more Americans traveled distances in the one to five mile range by foot or bicycle.

Management

Union Agrees to $3.2 Million Settlement in Dispute Over Fees

The pending settlement comes in a legal dispute between home care workers and a public sector labor union in Washington state.

Finance

California Local Governments Gain a Pathway to Establish Public Banks

Cities and counties would be able to create up to 10 public banks where governments could deposit money under a bill the state's governor signed into law this week.

Public Safety

Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Law, Judge Rules

The decision could have ramifications throughout the country, as policymakers weigh whether to open facilities where people can take opioids and other illegal drugs.

Management

The Metro Areas Where Economic Output Rivals Whole Countries

Nearly 40 of the world's 100 largest economies in 2018 were U.S. metro areas, figures in a new report show. And it's not just mega-regions that made the list.

Management

Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading

The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.

Health & Human Services

State Poverty Figures Show Positive Trends, But Some Places Still Struggle

The Census Bureau figures also show incomes lag behind pre-recession levels in at least nine states.

Public Safety

Two Governors Pledge to Collaborate On Legal Marijuana Regulations

Neither New York or Connecticut allow for recreational pot yet. But governors of the two states are interested in setting consistent guidelines for it.

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Infrastructure

A Loan Fund Aims to Spur Development Along a Midwest Commuter Rail Line

Banks in Northwest Indiana have pledged $25 million for the program, which will target a corridor outside of Chicago.

Management

Weighing What Congress Could Learn From State Legislatures

“There is a wellspring of experience and knowledge from beyond the beltway that deserves to be explored," says one expert.

Infrastructure

Busy Shipping River at a Standstill Until a Broken Barge Lock is Fixed

Thousands of tons of cargo are stuck on barges, as the closure on the Columbia River is expected to last until the end of the month.

Infrastructure

Transit to the Trailhead: Bus Service in a Recreation Corridor Takes Off

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has seen strong demand among riders for buses that run between Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Management

Federal Spending on Kids Falls, as More Dollars Flow Toward Older Adults and Debt

The findings are included in the latest edition of an annual report. “In a sense in our budget, we’re treating kids worse and worse,” said one of its authors.

Infrastructure

In Arid Corner of the West, Plan For 140-Mile Water Pipeline Stirs Debate

Leaders in the St. George region of Utah see a pending water pipeline as crucial for accommodating booming population growth. Critics say it’s risky and unnecessary.

Management

‘It's All Up in The Air’: California’s Gig Worker Bill Promises Big Shifts for Truckers

What the bill will mean for Uber and Lyft has drawn attention. But the trucking industry is bracing for changes as well.

Management

Appeals Court Overturns State Restrictions on Political Robocalls

Montana’s attorney general is reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is possible, or if lawmakers will need to take action.