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Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia is a senior editor 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

How K-12 Spending Has Slipped as a Share of State Economic Output

A new study concludes that school spending was billions short in recent years compared to where it would have been if spending trends during the early 2000s continued.

Infrastructure

EPA Selects 39 Waterworks Projects to Apply for Billions in Financing

The agency is teeing up projects for a new round of loans under a low-cost borrowing program for water and sewer infrastructure.

Finance

A Look at How 150 Governments are Planning to Use ARPA Funds

A new online dashboard offers insights into what cities and counties intend to do with the federal pandemic aid.

Finance

Poll: Nearly Half of US Households Facing Inflation Hardship

People earning less and without college degrees were more likely to say they're having difficulties.

Management

How Mayors Are Thinking About Prioritizing Federal Aid

Nearly 80% of mayors responding to a new survey said American Rescue Plan Act funding would help their cities accomplish goals related to homelessness and infrastructure, among other areas.

Tech & Data

How One City is Working to Make Spending Data More Transparent

Efforts by Los Angeles' controller to open up city fiscal data took on an added dimension when Covid-19 hit.

Health & Human Services

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers

The funding comes after the pandemic dealt a hit to rural America's already eroding health care system.

Finance

Massive Budget Bill Would Open Even More State and Local Funding

In a year that's already seen a major infrastructure package signed into law and billions in pandemic aid, domestic spending legislation the U.S. House approved last week promises to direct additional federal cash towards state and local priorities.

Infrastructure

Buttigieg Emphasizes Need for Regional Cooperation on Infrastructure Grants

Speaking to city leaders, the transportation secretary also said his department would strive to make programs "user friendly" for communities of all sizes and highlighted road safety efforts.

Management

For City Leaders, an Upbeat Moment Mixed With Challenges Old and New

Historic amounts of federal funding are flowing to the local level. But cities are also grappling with a host of difficult problems.

Finance

With Scant Data, Questions Hang Over Opportunity Zones

The economic development program received renewed scrutiny on Capitol Hill this week, with some lawmakers and experts suggesting it is in need of reforms.

Infrastructure

Biden Signs $1.2T Infrastructure Bill Into Law

The White House announced that a former mayor will help lead an implementation task force for the measure.

Finance

How Congress Could Unlock More ARPA Funds for Infrastructure

Legislation awaiting consideration in the U.S. House would give states and local governments more leeway in how they can use their allotments of federal pandemic aid, including by letting more money go to transportation projects.

Tech & Data

New Survey Finds Differences in How Local Agencies Adopt Software

The poll of over 800 local government officials looks at trends with how departments are embracing specialized software and how satisfied they are with it.

Infrastructure

$1B for Urban Highway Removals On the Way, More Money Could Follow

Advocates say $4 billion in domestic spending legislation that could help revamp roads that split apart cities is a crucial addition to funding in the infrastructure bill Congress approved last week.

Infrastructure

State and Local Push on Infrastructure Finally Pays Off

Congress’ approval of a roughly $1 trillion public works package marks a milestone for cities, states and counties that have pressed for years to get federal infrastructure spending boosted.

Finance

SALT Plan Reworked—Again—as Democrats Push Towards Vote

The latest proposal would lift the cap on the state and local tax deduction to $80,000.

Finance

SALT Proposal in House Bill Would Raise Cap to $72,500 Through 2031

Meanwhile, in the Senate, two lawmakers offered up an alternative plan. It does seem there's support for including some kind of rollback of the cap in the budget bill now being negotiated.

Finance

Democrats Trying to Nail Down SALT Deduction Cap Repeal Plan

The specifics of lifting the $10,000 limit on the state and local tax deduction were still coming into focus late Tuesday, with a key progressive senator rejecting one leading option.

Finance

Muni Bond Provisions Likely Dead in Democrats' Spending Package

A last-ditch effort to salvage tax-exempt advance refunding and other proposals appears to have come up short.