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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

‘Opportunity Zones’ Rules Help Bring Program Into Sharper Focus

Proponents of the initiative believe it could attract billions of dollars of new investment to struggling communities.

Finance

Signs of Strong Interest in ‘Opportunity Zones,’ as Investors Await Regulations

“The number of dollars that are flooding to the space right now, far outpace the pace that we can actually deploy that capital responsibly,” says an executive at one investment firm.

Management

Distressed Communities Index Underscores Economic Divides

A new study finds sharp differences between communities that have prospered and fallen behind during the past decade.

Infrastructure

Outside Utility Crews Ready to Help Restore Water Service in Florida, Georgia

After storms, rural water workers from other states help restore service. Following Hurricane Michael, many were awaiting word that they could access damaged areas.

Finance

'Opportunity Zones' on Agenda for Trump, Kanye West Meeting

The new economic development program is of interest to state and local leaders.

Tech & Data

Program Pairing Governments and Startups Launches Latest Round

Participants in the Startup in Residence program are seeking solutions for about 80 “civic challenges.”

Management

Outgoing Colorado and Ohio Governors Riff on Economic and Education Policy

Govs. John Hickenlooper and John Kasich appeared together at an event focused on “forgotten Americans.”

Public Safety

Two GOP Governors, 15 AGs Urge Supreme Court to Hear Gun Case

A New York City law that restricts the transport of licensed handguns is at issue.

Management

Bill Would Rework Limits on Social Security for Some Public Workers

It’s the latest effort by lawmakers to overhaul the “Windfall Elimination Provision," which affects benefits for thousands of state and local government employees around the U.S.

Finance

The Soybean-Producing States at Risk in the Trade War With China

Much of the nation’s exported soybeans went to China last year. Production is concentrated in a handful of states.

Tech & Data

Survey Looks at How Much Uber Drivers Are Earning Per Hour

The findings include city-level figures that indicate drivers in some places are doing better than others.

Tech & Data

Google Tool Offers Look at City Emissions, Solar Power Potential

The company's Environmental Insights Explorer features only five localities for now, but there are plans to expand it to thousands.

Management

Cities and States Experiment With New Ways to Attract and Keep Talent

A new report looks at how states and localities are harnessing their “brands” and reworking benefits to bolster their workforces.

Management

Cemetery Case Could Change Path for Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Knick v. Township of Scott, which has implications for how challenges over governmental "taking" make it to federal court.

Public Safety

New Congressional Deal Could Unlock More Money for Mitigation Projects Before Disasters Strike

The legislation gets mixed reviews, as funding provisions in it are weaker than they were in an earlier draft.

Finance

Lawsuit Will Test State Plan to Shift Retiree Drug Coverage to Medicare

Maryland enacted changes to save billions of dollars on health care coverage for retired public employees. But a rollback of prescription drug benefits has led to a court challenge.

Finance

Deficit Laden Federal Finances Stir Uncertainty for Future State Aid

Low Federal Reserve interest rates are a concern as well when it comes to how the nation will respond to the next recession.

Finance

State Lawmakers to Congress: Butt Out of Online Sales Taxes

The National Conference of State Legislatures is asking leaders on Capitol Hill to refrain from legislating around the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court decision.