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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

Measuring the Cost of a State’s Car Economy

A new study attempts to come up with a dollar figure for how much cars, trucks and roads cost Massachusetts each year.

Finance

State Lawmakers Backtrack on a Tax Code Revamp

Utah officials say they plan to scrap a law they passed just last month after it attracted widespread public opposition, in part because of a tax hike on groceries.

Public Safety

Fighting Wildfire With Fire: New Study Looks at Barriers to ‘Prescribed’ Burns

Researchers say that millions of acres of California forest is in need of preventative measures to help lower wildfire risks.

Infrastructure

Vast Majority of Mayors Believe Their Cities Are Too Car-Oriented, Survey Finds

But the city leaders also voice skepticism of cutting back on public parking or lowering speed limits.

Finance

How States and Localities Could Spur More Companies to Share Profits With Their Workers

A new report says profit sharing and employee ownership can benefit both companies and workers, recommending state and local policies to help support these business models.

Finance

Proposal Could Impose Higher Taxes on Companies With Large CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

A California Senate committee approved a bill meant to address big pay disparities between corporate executives and employees.

Management

In California, a Landmark Labor Law’s Turbulent Rollout

The enactment of the new “gig worker” guidelines has been celebrated by some and assailed by others, and may offer lessons for states pursuing similar policies.

Infrastructure

Feds Should Take Steps to Help Coordinate Rural Transit Service, Watchdog says

The Government Accountability Office says U.S. DOT lacks an adequate strategy for communicating and sharing information about rural transit coordination opportunities and best practices.

Finance

Lawmaker Sees State Rainy Day Fund as Lifeline For Localities Battling Big-Box Stores Over Taxes

The Indiana legislation could assist local governments dealing with “dark-store theory” property tax appeals.

Public Safety

Kansas City Sues Gunmaker and Others Over Alleged Firearm Trafficking

The lawsuit by the Missouri city is the first one a municipality has filed against the gun industry in over 10 years, officials say.

Infrastructure

AGs Argue Federal Railroad Law Shouldn’t Override State Permitting Power

Six Democratic attorneys general weighed in on a legal dispute about Washington state’s denial of environmental permits for a coal export facility.

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Infrastructure

Oil and Gas Group Bristles at Prospect of Fracking Ban

Some Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination have voiced support for such a policy.

Management

Ensuring That People Can Easily Understand the Ballot Measures They’re Voting On

A Maryland bill would set new guidelines for describing proposals put on the ballot in plain language.

Finance

The Places Where Growth in Home Values Could Lag in 2020

New survey results offer predictions for where gains in home values could be strongest and weakest during the year ahead.

Management

These Are The Most Highly Regulated Housing Markets

A new study finds that a number of coastal metropolitan areas have some of the most stringent guidelines for residential development.

Finance

Cities and States Look to Tap More Tax Revenue From Expensive Real Estate Sales

“It basically allows for luxury housing to pay for affordable housing,” said a Boston city council member describing a "transfer" tax proposal there.

Management

Latest State Effort to Ban ‘Styrofoam’ Will Target Food Containers, Packing Peanuts

New York's governor is backing the plan. Lawmakers in three other states passed similar foam restrictions earlier this year.

Finance

Over 40% of Consumers in Some States Have Delinquent Household Debt, Data Indicate

Financial stress from debt has subsided somewhat since the Great Recession, but remains high in some places. New data provides insight into how it looks at the state and county level.

Finance

With Healthy Budgets, Dozens of States Give Raises to Their Workers

The number of states bumping up pay for their employees has hit a high not seen since prior to the Great Recession.