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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.
Infrastructure

Envisioning What’s Next for a Dead Stretch of Downtown Freeway

Akron’s planning director says there’s a chance that what’s now a “concrete trench” could one day become a park.

Public Safety

A Mayor Proposes That Gun Owners Carry Insurance For Their Weapons

The proposal from San Jose, California Mayor Sam Liccardo veers into complicated terrain, where past efforts have failed.

Management

Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

The bureau plans to send out thousands of workers to verify addresses in the weeks ahead.

Management

Voters in One State to Decide on Allowing Affirmative Action

Washington in the 1990s restricted the practice by state government. That could soon change, depending on the results of an upcoming referendum.

Management

An Experimental Housing Assistance Program Produces a Striking Result

Providing customized help to housing voucher recipients in the Seattle area raised the odds participants moved to neighborhoods where kids have better economic outcomes.

Finance

It Matters Who Sits on Pension Boards and How Big They Are, Study Suggests

Researchers found investment returns are likely affected by the size of the boards, the expertise of members and other factors.

Public Safety

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities

A California state official describes a “cultural shift” he’s seen in recent years.

Infrastructure

The Role States Are Playing in Expanding Broadband Access

New research offers a window into what states are doing to help get about 20 million Americans who now lack reliable, high-speed internet connected with the service.

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Management

A City With a Booming Real Estate Market Sees a Slip in Home Prices

Meanwhile, new research suggests people in high-cost metro areas are searching for more affordable places to live.

Management

A Bid to Restore and Update the Long-Dormant Intergovernmental Commission

The bipartisan House proposal emerged out of a special intergovernmental affairs task force that met over the past two years.

Management

Marijuana Banking Legislation Gets Attention in U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced bills in both chambers of Congress that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level.

Management

With Tough to Fill Jobs, Some States and Localities Turn to ‘Gig’ Workers

A new survey highlights the trend, which can be found in fields ranging from building and grounds maintenance to accounting.

Finance

K-12 Spending Sees Gains, But Still Lags in Many States, Teachers Union Says

An analysis of 2017 data finds education funding remains below pre-recession levels in over a third of states.

Finance

Three States File Lawsuit Over Federal Rules Blocking SALT Workaround

Treasury and the IRS last month prohibited charitable contribution programs meant to provide taxpayers a way around a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.

Health & Human Services

Local Officials Want Feds to Scrap Policy Blocking People in Jail From Medicaid

A federal law can lead to breaks in health care benefits for those awaiting trial. Counties and sheriffs plan to lobby for this to be changed.