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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.
Finance

The Other Local Economic Impact of the Kilauea Eruption

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A new idea to fund state pensions in Kentucky … this California county has the most wind turbines in the nation … and Atlantic City’s worst days are behind it.

Health & Human Services

Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Has Lingering Impacts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Some Kansas higher ed funds restored … Louisiana state lawmakers have fist fight … Michigan leaders have unexpected revenue to use.

Management

Judge: Chicago Mayor’s Office Violated State Open Records Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ind. school takeover bill OK’d … feds looking at Atlanta airport contracts … 6 states sue Purdue Pharma … and S.F. mayor’s public safety plan.

Infrastructure

Providence’s New Loan Partnership to Replace Lead Water Pipes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seattle City Council OKs employee head tax … prosecutor drops charges against Mo. governor … and Detroit sues downtown’s largest landowner.

Finance

Seattle City Council Set for Final Vote on Controversial Employee ‘Head Tax’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Possible early season tropical system … S.C. bag tax preemption … Minneapolis may increase age to purchase tobacco … and Baltimore’s incinerator reliance.

Public Safety

With Kilauea Off Limits, New Mexico Has Its Own Kilauea-Like Spot to Check Out

Officials in Hawaii, for good reason, want you to steer clear of the danger zone on the Big Island. But a location on the mainland shows what can happen when lava oozes across the landscape.

Finance

Kentucky’s Deadline Task: Implement an Expanded Sales Tax

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CVS move surprises transit agency … Philly jury’s $10 million award … a ‘breakthrough compromise’ in Alaska … and Idaho's new grizzly bear season.

Tech & Data

10 State, Local and Tribal Agencies Selected for Drone Integration Pilot Program

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Microplastics in Great Lakes drinking water … Ohio governor's autonomous vehicle executive order ... FBI raids city hall and mayor’s home in Calif. desert town … and a Colo. mayor enters hospice.

Finance

Wall Street Has Only a Few More Months to Enjoy California’s Frugality

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor introduces new city hall transparency ordinance … Minnesota’s graying farming community … and an Indiana city's train museum eviction dispute.

Public Safety

Hawaii Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Into Subdivision

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ariz. teacher walkout ends … Mich. State University bond rating downgraded … Mo. special session to look at Greitens allegations … and relief in Albuquerque.

Public Safety

How One Quake-Prone State Organizes Volunteers to Inspect Damaged Buildings

“There are a lot of engineers and architects … who are willing to come out and volunteer,” according to Jonathan C. Siu, Seattle’s principal building official.

Infrastructure

Nestle’s Bottled Water Permit in Michigan to Face New Challenges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor declares her city the ‘crown jewel’ of the nation … Nashville transit proposal fails … Maine lawmakers override governor’s veto ... and Buffalo eyes parking ticket amnesty.

Public Safety

Iowa Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief This Spring. At Least for Now.

A University of Iowa study examines just how frequent flooding is in some parts of the state.

Finance

New Lawsuit Aims to Pressure Maine Governor to Act on Medicaid

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona teacher walkouts to continue … Gary to cancel its air show for second time … Nashville transit vote … and companies scoop up their scooters in Austin.

Finance

‘We Have No Bill. We Have No Deal’ to End Arizona Teacher Protests

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.Y. plans new assistance for Puerto Rico recovery ... N.M. legal battle over secret recordings … Richmond, Va. is an eviction hub … and a “silent impasse” at an Ohio village hall.

Smart Cities

Instantaneously Linking 3-1-1 Callers to Translators

With its Language Access Plan, Pittsburgh’s goal is “to assist all residents and to provide access to all resources.”

Management

N.M. Supreme Court Just Threw Out 10 Vetoes From Governor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Lansing awarded prize most cities don’t want … D.C. food truck regulatory apology … Tenn. short-term rental bill … and Colo. DOT’s marijuana study.

Health & Human Services

Kansas Birth Rate Drops to All-Time Low

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | LePage relents on Maine road sign dispute … Boca Raton mayor arrested … San Antonio smart city proving ground … Conn. school closures … and a new vets-only safe parking program.

Management

Some Mayors Have the Power to Pardon. This Mayor Wants to Expand Those Powers.

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s new needle-cleanup plan … Oklahoma wildfire … Wisconsin renewable energy investments … and “a collection of disparate ideas” in Florida.