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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

GOP Leaders Near Deal on Tax Bill

But Republican negotiators in the House and Senate were mum Tuesday on specifics that could affect states and localities.

Infrastructure

Creating a State DOT That's Not 'Trapped in the 20th Century’

Colorado's departing transportation chief offers some thoughts on what it takes.

Infrastructure

Seeking Solutions for the ‘Water Infrastructure Death Spiral’

It’s a problem communities can face when populations and property values decline.

Finance

Republicans Mull Expanding State, Local Deduction in Tax Legislation

GOP leaders in the House and Senate have voiced an openness to including a limited deduction for state and local income taxes as they move toward finalizing their tax code rewrite.

Infrastructure

New RAND Study Pushes Back on Descriptions of Widespread Crumbling Infrastructure in U.S.

The report includes recommendations for Congress to consider as lawmakers develop future public works policy.

Infrastructure

White House Wants States and Localities to 'Engage in More Self Help' With Infrastructure

An adviser to the president last week offered an update on the Trump administration's forthcoming infrastructure plan.

Finance

Senate Approves Tax Bill With Limited State and Local Deduction

The legislation passed 51-49, without Democratic support. One credit rating agency described the bill as "negative overall for state and local government finances."

Finance

Proposals With State and Local Implications in Limbo Amid Turbulent Senate Tax Debate

The state and local tax deduction remains a marquee item. But there are also notable amendments filed involving tax credits, marijuana and municipal bonds.

Finance

Collins Files SALT Amendment, as Senate Votes to Debate Tax Bill

Sen. Susan Collins is proposing to change state and local tax deduction provisions in the bill to mirror House legislation.

Infrastructure

Environmental Review Law Faces GOP Scrutiny in U.S. House

“Congress needs to act," said U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, as he discussed the National Environmental Policy Act on Wednesday.

Finance

Trump Tells Senators He Backs Capped SALT Deduction in Tax Bill

GOP tax legislation in the Senate could get a floor vote before the end of the week.

Finance

GOP Tax Overhaul Could Hit State and Local Pension Plans With Federal Tax

“It's a huge burden,” the executive director of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems said as he discussed the tax proposal.

Finance

Spending on State and Local Environment and Interior Programs Spared Big Cuts in Senate Plan

But there aren’t huge boosts in the appropriations proposal either for programs that are significant for states and localities.

Finance

Comparing Cities in Terms of the Financial Health of Their Residents

A new data dashboard features metrics like median credit scores, and delinquent debt levels for residents in 60 U.S. cities.

Infrastructure

Maryland Congressman: It’s a Mistake Not to Pair Infrastructure With Tax Overhaul

Meanwhile, discussions continue in the infrastructure community about the promise and limitations of public-private partnerships.

Management

Trump Administration Seeks ‘New Vehicle’ For Economic Development

An adviser to the president offered insight Wednesday into the White House strategy for places with distressed economies.

Finance

Latest Senate Tax Plan Would Tweak Low-Income Housing Credit Program

Affordable housing advocates endorsed the changes. But they also continued to voice worries about the fate of private activity bonds.

Finance

With Deadline Approaching, Flood Insurance Bill Clears U.S. House

“If we’re going to make this program sustainable, we cannot have 1 percent of the properties causing 25 percent of the losses,” said Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling.

Finance

Another Affront to Local Governments in the Republican Tax Proposals

Tax credits for historic buildings and low-income communities have served as important economic development tools in some places. But will they survive a tax overhaul?

Finance

Senate Tax Plan Would Completely Scrap State and Local Deduction

Republicans in the chamber unveiled a tax overhaul proposal that deviates from House legislation in other areas as well.