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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

In an Airport City, Coronavirus Travel Slump Stokes Budget Worries

SeaTac, Washington is in relatively good financial shape. But its tax revenues depend heavily on a sector that’s taking a beating during the disease outbreak.

Management

Cities and Counties Make Workforce Cuts as Coronavirus Financial Toll Mounts

Cincinnati this week announced it would place hundreds of workers on unpaid temporary leave. It’s just one of the places facing tough staffing decisions.

Management

A State Tries to Chart its Economic Rebound From a Pandemic

Utah has drafted a plan meant to serve as a road map for both public health and economic policies during the coronavirus crisis.

Finance

Extended Income Tax Deadline Is Yet Another Coronavirus Budget Curveball for States

Shifting the due date for income tax filings to July from April will likely create some budget gaps that states will have to manage in the final months of their fiscal years.

Public Safety

Nearly 200 Cities Short on Supplies for Dealing With Coronavirus, Mayors Report

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says new survey findings show shortages of essential items have reached “crisis proportions.”

Public Safety

Trail Use Way Up as Coronavirus Stifles Other Activities

“People are craving outlets for their physical and mental well being,” said an expert. But this has created concerns that people are too crammed together in these open spaces.

Finance

Coronavirus Is Slamming State Unemployment Systems

Funding is one concern, another is handling an unprecedented wave of claims.

Health & Human Services

States and Cities Turn to Empty Hotel Rooms to House Homeless and People Ill With Coronavirus

Hotel rooms left vacant as people stopped traveling because of the coronavirus could be used to house mildly ill patients and homeless people currently living outside or in shelters.

Health & Human Services

New Jersey Set to Release 1,000 Jail Inmates to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Up to 1,000 people could be eligible for release. Other jurisdictions around the U.S. are also taking steps to curb their jail populations.

Finance

Move by Fed May Help Shore Up Short-Term Borrowing for States and Localities

The municipal bond market is experiencing a massive crunch as investors react to the coronavirus pandemic.

Finance

As Ridership and Revenues Plunge, Transit Agencies Seek Financial Aid

The coronavirus has far fewer people riding buses and trains. Tax revenues going towards transit are in line to take a hit as well.

Finance

Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Big Holes in State Budgets

States are dealing with financial uncertainty as they spend to combat the virus, but also face the possibility of lost revenues as the disease puts a major drag on the economy.

Public Safety

Washington Schools Work on Meal and Child Care Plans For Extended Closure

The state is shuttering all of its K-12 schools for about six weeks beginning on Tuesday as part of efforts to combat the new coronavirus.

Health & Human Services

Trump Promises Expansion of Coronavirus Testing As States Grapple With Outbreak

New York said Friday that a new federal approval will allow it to soon conduct more tests in a day than it has carried out to date.

Health & Human Services

‘Everyone’s Losing Money’: Coronavirus Strains Small Businesses in Seattle

The situation offers a window into the pressures the disease outbreak could create for local economies. Government officials are scrambling to come up with relief programs.

Public Safety

Worker Safety Net Measures Get Attention As Coronavirus Outbreak Grinds On

New York’s governor on Monday promised a paid sick leave proposal for people subject to quarantines.

Public Safety

Costs to Combat Coronavirus Mount in an Epicenter of the Outbreak

In King County, Washington alone, the local government is spending about $100,000 a day responding to the public health crisis, according to one lawmaker.

Public Safety

Coronavirus Quarantines Pose Tough Issues for State and Local Officials

Thousands of people across the country are being asked to self quarantine after being in close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19.