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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

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.

Finance

Federal Watchdog Offers Gloomy Outlook for State and Local Budgets

U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates show mounting fiscal pressures over the next 50 years.

Finance

White House Will Launch Multi-Agency Council Focused on Opportunity Zones

The council will engage with state and local government officials on development in zones, a White House adviser said.

Management

State Government Civics Survey Leaves Many People Stumped

A striking number of respondents couldn't answer questions about their elected officials, or the mechanics of state government.

Finance

Cities Seek to Align ‘Opportunity Zone’ Capital With Local Priorities

"There's a lot of work to do here that tax-advantaged capital will not do by itself,” says urban policy expert Bruce Katz.

Infrastructure

Marijuana Gets Attention as Possible Subway Funding Source

New York City's mass transit system has been facing financial stress and service problems. Could legalizing pot help?

Finance

Debt Dispute in Missouri Unresolved, as Payment Deadline Passes

Platte County's reluctance to pay debt costs linked to a shopping center has captured attention within the municipal bond market.

Public Safety

State-Federal ‘Double Jeopardy’ Case to Be Heard by Supreme Court

Oral arguments in the case of Terance Martez Gamble v. United States of America are scheduled for Thursday.

Management

When Rehiring Retired Public Workers, Guidelines Can Be Key

New research takes a look at post-retirement employment policies in states across the U.S.

Management

County Official’s Claim Her Firing Was Political Retaliation Fails in Federal Court

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the financial resources director position falls under a special exception.

Public Safety

Dispute Over Indiana's Seizure of Man's Land Rover Is Argued Before U.S. Supreme Court

The case's outcome may help clarify how constitutional limits on criminal fines and "asset forfeitures" apply to states and localities.

Management

Striking the Right Balance With State and Local Business Regulations

Colorado's outgoing governor and a beer company co-founder offer some thoughts on what it takes.

Finance

When a Local Government is ‘Unwilling’ to Cover Debt Costs

Lawmakers in Platte County, Missouri are hesitant to assist in picking up the tab for bonds related to a retail project.

Public Safety

Poor and Minorities Face Outsized Wildfire Vulnerabilities, Study Finds

The analysis looks at both fire hazards and "adaptive capacity" in communities around the U.S.

Finance

Flint Congressman Not Giving Up on Push to Assist Struggling Cities

Rep. Dan Kildee, of Michigan, believes his efforts could gain new traction in a Democratic controlled House.

Management

In Cities Rejected by Amazon, Some See Upsides to ‘HQ2’ Process

“It wasn't just a sense of winners and losers in this,” says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, of Gary, Indiana.

Management

Amazon Officially Names 'HQ2' Sites in NYC and Virginia

Company also outlines billions of dollars of incentives—including tax credits and cash grants—promised by states and localities.

Smart Cities

A Neighborhood-Driven Approach to ‘Smart City’ Technology

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: José Serrano-McClain, former Project Manager, NYCx, Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, City of New York.