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Michael Grass

Michael Grass
Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
Tech & Data

Watch This State Office Building Twist and Sway

For the past 15 years, the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage has been outfitted with instruments to measure how it performs during big earthquakes.

Management

Why One Governor-Elect Skipped a White House Meeting With Trump

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania’s naloxone distribution … PG&E scrutiny in California … and mapping climate change attitudes on the Jersey Shore.

Finance

The Reason Why Kentucky’s Pension Reform Law Was Struck Down

Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the legislation, called Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling “an unprecedented power grab by activists judges.”

Finance

Chicago’s Pension Fix Might Involve Marijuana

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California proposal calls for text messaging fees … Philly mayor’s office to pay interns … and Anchorage quake damage data.

Public Safety

Considering Diversity in Snow-Day Decisionmaking

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A giant middle finger sculpture rises in Vermont … Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee’s “clean energy smart deal” … and speeding up N.Y.’s sluggish subways.

Infrastructure

Checking Out a New Train Station That Would Make Many Cities Drool

Next up is Raleigh Union Station’s second phase, which just secured $20 million in new funding from the Trump administration.

Management

N.Y. Committee's Plan Restricts Outside Income of State Lawmakers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rural hospitals in Texas face strong-arm tactics … Oregon quake response playbook … and a new fire-risk estimation tool.

Management

Reply-All Nightmare in Utah Offers Important Lessons for Any Large Organization

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas civil asset forfeitures … New Mexico anti-crime omnibus bill … and Philadelphia “good cause” eviction rules.

Finance

Detroit’s Long-Term Budget Stability Finds Firmer Fiscal Footing

“Eliminating this debt cliff removes another major roadblock for Detroit’s long-term recovery,” according to Mayor Mike Duggan.

Infrastructure

L.A.'s Future May Involve More Congestion Pricing and Free Transit Service

There are “three conceivable ways” expanded tolling could work in Los Angeles, according to Metro.

Finance

Minnesota’s ‘Remarkable Recovery From the Shambles’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayoral memo on e-scooter geofencing … active-shooter kits for police … and improving Boston-area commuter rail.

Public Safety

Evacuation Center Needs Time to Recover From Disaster Recovery

Hundreds of Kīlauea lavaflow evacuees ended up at a recently built rec center on the Big Island. Now it needs to close for months of repairs.

Public Safety

Arsonist Attempts to Set Mayor’s SUV on Fire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State capitals in transition … Denver’s proposed e-scooter rule changes … and W.Va. first responder vaccinations.

Tech & Data

Checking In on a Census ‘Homework Assignment’ for Cities and Counties

These localities have already launched their Complete Count Committees and taken other proactive steps to avoid undercounting. Has yours?

Smart Cities

Pennsylvania’s Broadband Challenges Are Worse Than Thought

Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.

Management

Wisconsin Legislators Burn the Midnight Oil on GOP’s Lame-Duck Power Grab

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Los Angeles straw rules; N.Y.C. mayor stumbles on commissioner’s botched firing … and chronic wasting disease cleanup.

Infrastructure

The Need to Accommodate More Floodwaters Near Sacramento

A tour of some of the levee infrastructure that protects California’s capital city.

Management

Some School Districts Look to Custodians and Teachers to Fill Bus Driver Shortage

An ongoing hiring challenge has brought about unconventional solutions to meet immediate needs.

Management

Firing Leads to Confusing ‘Three-Day Misadventure’ at New York City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael total estimated insured losses … Alaska’s new governor sworn in … and Berkeley’s old city hall will be used as homeless shelter.

Public Safety

A Tough Question in California: Whether to Rebuild in Places That Will Burn Again

Despite the clear and present dangers of the wildland-urban interface, many vow to rebuild in risky spots.