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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.
Health & Human Services

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

Infrastructure

Ohio Governor Says Raising State’s Gas Tax Is Unavoidable

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | What-if megastorm scenarios for L.A. area ... New Jersey “dirt broker” loopholes … and Orlando autonomous bus shuttles.

Tech & Data

Philly Mayor Deleted Years of Text Messages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | W.Va. teachers strike … Alaska cold case leads to arrest in Maine using genetic genealogy … and the Cincinnati City Council’s attendance record.

Finance

General Electric to Pay Back State Incentives After Backtracking on New Headquarters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ann Arbor dioxane plume … Norfolk’s recycling quandary … and the Bay Area’s new managed toll lane agreement.

Infrastructure

Making the Case Against Bigger and Longer Trucks on Capitol Hill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska budget pain … Utah hepatitis A outbreak is over … and Kentucky’s governor sends Louisville mayor critical letter.

Infrastructure

California Governor Scales Back State’s High-Speed Rail Plans

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore targets trash burning … Illinois looks for way to dig out of pension mess … and Maine’s pragmatic budget.

Health & Human Services

Utah Lawmakers Move to Restrict Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver teachers go on strike … Kansas’ low meningitis vaccination rate … and New Jersey’s 94-year-old mayor.

Management

A New Call to Scrap Portland’s Unusual Form of Government

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would shutter Syracuse freeway … Palo Alto parking garage proposal scrutinized … and Massachusetts vaporizer tax.

Public Safety

‘If You Elect to Be on the Roads, You Must Make Good Choices’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida governor’s teacher bonus proposal … Louisville pension worries … and Pittsburgh’s mayor has an evening hobby.

Public Safety

Portlanders Don’t Hesitate to Call 911 About ‘Unwanted’ Persons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.M. governor pulls National Guard troops from border … legal challenge to Idaho Medicaid expansion fails … and shortest commutes.

Finance

Candidate Pitches Plan for Chicago to Annex Its Suburbs

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas now has a measles outbreak … San José mayor interested in Musk tunnel … and a N.C. city suspends drug testing.

Infrastructure

What the Mayor of Youngstown Wants From Trump

“Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown wrote in a letter to the White House.

Tech & Data

Camp Fire’s Dispersed Survivors Plot Their New Homes on a Map

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Political turmoil continues in Virginia … Hawaii’s mainland prison inmates … and email scammers using Fla. mayor’s name.

Health & Human Services

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

Management

Virginia Governor Mulls Options Amid More Calls to Resign

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | RFID tracking chips in garbage cans ... another Wis. city looks to tiny houses for homeless … and Anchorage ice-scratchers.

Public Safety

Mayor Shutters Police Department Amid Payroll Inquiry

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona porn tax … N.C. mayor vs. sovereign citizen squatters … N.Y. governor takes snowbound truckers to task.

Management

Oregon Lawmakers Want to Outlaw Pet Rent

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Miss. official vs. civil service protections … Upstate N.Y. village’s bombastic mayor … Minn. in no hurry to authorize AV testing.

Public Safety

Kentucky Governor: Cold Weather Closures Set Bad Example for Kids

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | STD spike in Indiana … N.Y.C.’s new unified contracting system … and radon gas risks in Colorado.

Management

Impeachment Petitions Prompt Response From Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana bill would scrap child-labor rules … Pacific Northwest measles update … and N.J. offshore wind geophysical surveying.