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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.
Public Safety

Court Decision Doesn’t Guarantee Radical Changes to Fines and Property Seizures

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that constitutional protections from excessive fines are enforceable against state and local agencies.

Public Safety

Supreme Court Restrains States' Power to Seize Property

Eighth Amendment protections from excessive fines are enforceable against the states the court ruled in an Indiana case.

Infrastructure

Sewage Case Will Get Airing Before U.S. Supreme Court

The controversy involves questions about when wastewater is subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

Public Safety

Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules

Grand Chute, Wisconsin didn't violate the Constitution when it ordered a union to remove "Scabby the Rat" from a road median.

Management

Latest School Superintendent Salary Figures Highlighted in New Research

The figures show variations between male and female superintendents and school district sizes.

Finance

Appeal to Trump on SALT Cap Appears to Get Cool Reception

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says "there is no more vital long-term issue" for his state's finances than a limit on the state and local tax costs taxpayers can write off on their federal returns.

Finance

Hike Taxes on the Rich to Pay for Education? Voters in this State Support the Idea, Survey Finds

The poll results come amid discussions about taxing wealthier Americans more at the federal level.

Public Safety

Teachers Union Raises Red Flags Over Pension Investments in Private Prisons

The American Federation of Teachers characterizes the corrections sector as problematic territory for retirement funds.

Infrastructure

The Push to Build a Coast-to-Coast Trail for Cyclists and Pedestrians

“We’re confident that this is something we can do,” says a policy adviser with the advocacy group backing the idea.

Management

Got the Big City Blues? This Mayor Thinks His Town Can Help.

Mayor David Condon describes Spokane as a possible refuge for those who’ve grown weary living in the Seattle’s of the world.

Management

The Case For Helping Local Government Employees Better Manage Their Finances

“It’s not just the right thing for employers to do,” says the co-author of a new report. “It also makes good business sense.”

Finance

States See a Slip in Tax Collections That's Not Totally Unexpected

The federal tax overhaul and stock market volatility help to explain some recent income tax revenue trends.

Management

It’s Not All About Millennials. Mayors Look to Engage With Seniors.

“The majority of the people that will show up on Election Day are going to be older voters,” notes an AARP representative.

Management

More Rules Coming on Opportunity Zones

Two more rounds of guidance for the new economic development program are expected this year.

Infrastructure

People Aren’t Walking More. But More Pedestrians Are Getting Killed.

The trend appears to be especially troublesome in the South, and for minorities and lower-income communities.

Finance

A State Pension Proposal That Promises Near-Term Savings, But Higher Future Costs

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly included the “reamortization” plan in her first budget. It’s proving to be controversial.

Public Safety

White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.