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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

Union Fee Refunds to Local Government Workers Unwarranted, Federal Judge Rules

The lawsuits against a California union local are just two of many being filed against public sector unions across the country.

Finance

Latest Opportunity Zones Guidelines Offer More Clarity For Business Investments

"This reg removes a lot of the most obvious impediments that have kept capital on the sidelines,” says one expert.

Infrastructure

FCC Rural Broadband Fund Would Shift Money From Existing Program

The $20 billion proposed initiative would also set higher standards for internet speeds.

Management

For One City’s Public Housing Work Requirements, Study Reveals High Compliance, Low Wages

Work requirements for public assistance have recently attracted attention from the Trump administration and others.

Management

State's Denial of Custom License Plate Triggers Free Speech Lawsuit

At issue is the phrase “come on you whites,” an English soccer team motto California's DMV says has possible racial connotations.

Infrastructure

Trump Order Puts State Power Over Pipeline Approvals in Crosshairs

The president charges that there’s “state level abuse” with a certain Clean Water Act certification needed for natural gas pipelines and other energy projects.

Infrastructure

With 100 People Per Day Dying in Crashes, Lawmakers Weigh Road Safety Options

The issue is coming up as Congress begins to discuss renewing a key piece of transportation funding legislation.

Public Safety

Local Law Against Obstructing Sidewalks Survives Another Round in Federal Court

The District of Columbia statute has been criticized for how it has been enforced against black residents in the city.

Management

Tensions Flare Over a Proposal to Strengthen Public Sector Unions

Amid clashes with an activist group and fallout from a Supreme Court ruling, unions in Oregon are backing legislation that local governments see as “impossible” to fully implement.

Management

Church Scores Federal Court Win in Zoning Dispute With Village

The case involved religious discrimination claims and attracted the attention of the Justice Department.

Infrastructure

Trucking Group Confident Gas Tax Hike Could Clear Congress With Trump’s Support

Lawmakers could release infrastructure legislation in the next six to eight weeks, the group's president and CEO also says.

Finance

Considering a ‘Progressive’ Income Tax in a Fiscally-Stressed State

What if Illinois scraps its flat tax structure and made higher earners pay more? A new study offers possible insights.

Management

Trump Administration Wades Into Local Zoning Dispute, Backing a Church Over a Village

Christian Fellowship Centers of New York claims the local regulations are discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Health & Human Services

Federal Judge Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Two States

About 18,000 people lost coverage in Arkansas after the state began requiring some recipients to work 80 hours a month.

Finance

Shedding More Light on Fees a State Pension Fund Pays Wall Street

A bill in Maryland aims to do so. But provisions to restrict the investment fees have been stripped from the measure.