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Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia is the executive editor for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He joined the publication as a reporter when it launched in 2015. Bill previously covered Seattle city government for the Washington state-based news outlet Crosscut. He holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
Infrastructure

Over $1 Billion Now Available to Convert Bus Fleets to Cleaner Fuels

Purchases of electric and hydrogen-powered buses are among the projects eligible for a new round of federal grants.

Finance

A Governor Proposes Slashing His State's Income Tax by Half

The "biggest tax cut in the history of this state" is how he described it. But critics say the hit to revenue, estimated at over $1 billion annually in future years, would further undermine already shortchanged public services.

Finance

The Case for More Federal Oversight of State and Local Budgets

An influential good government group is calling for tighter standards and is out with new recommendations for how Congress and regulators can begin taking action.

Infrastructure

A ‘Bootcamp’ to Help Smaller Cities Win Infrastructure Grants

Small and midsize localities tend to lack the dedicated grant-writing teams and expertise that bigger towns use to score federal dollars. A new–and free–initiative aims to get them onto more equal footing competing for the funding.

Finance

The Places Seeing Growth in the Semiconductor Sector So Far

With a major federal push underway to boost production of microchips in the U.S., a trade group for the industry highlights over 40 major projects nationwide.

Management

A Governor Declares Dec. 23 a Holiday for State Employees

"This is just another way to show our appreciation to our dedicated state workers," the state chief executive said.

Finance

Should the Deadline to Spend ARPA Dollars be Extended?

Some local officials involved in managing American Rescue Plan Act aid describe a 2026 cut-off to use up all of the money as uncomfortably close.

Management

A City Pairs Relocation Payments With Bonuses to Recruit Police

Recruiting for public safety jobs can be difficult these days. One locality is offering not only signing bonuses of up to $15,000, but also relocation packages of $5,000 and $10,000.

Infrastructure

Lyft Offers Incentives to Drivers Who Switch to Electric Vehicles

The move comes amid new federal subsidies for EVs and as California is mandating emissions cuts for app-based ride-booking companies over the next decade.

Management

‘Right Leader for This Time’: League of Cities Gets a New President

Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington, who stepped into the National League of Cities’ leadership role earlier this month, spoke to Route Fifty about her priorities for the group.

Management

Kansas' Democratic Governor Hangs on for Second Term

Laura Kelly edged out her GOP challenger in a closely watched race. Meanwhile, Republican Kris Kobach, a lightning rod figure during his time as Kansas' secretary of state, made a political comeback and will become the state's next AG.

Management

The Winners and Losers in the 2022 Midterm Election Governors Races

Get caught up on all the action from Election Day, and who the next top government executives will be in the 36 states that held gubernatorial contests this year.

Tech & Data

State Chief Information Officers are Handling Much More Than Just Tech

In state government, the role of the CIO has evolved to center on the business of IT, rather than the nuts and bolts of computers. It’s something that new governors will have to keep in mind.

Tech & Data

The Basic Questions Bedeviling How States Manage Data

States have tons of data. But much of it is redundant and it’s sometimes hard to know where it is stored, who can access it and how it can be used.

Finance

The US Cities With the Highest Rents

An East Coast metro scooted by San Francisco to become the second-most expensive for a one-bedroom apartment this month. As nationally, growth in rent prices showed signs of slowing.

Tech & Data

How Volunteers Can Support Government Cybersecurity

Michigan was the first state to launch a volunteer cyber corps about a decade ago. The trend is catching on.

Tech & Data

How One State is Trying to Prevent a Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

They’re moving ahead with a set of new programs and working closely with colleges and universities to get more people into a field where jobs can be tough to fill.

Public Safety

'We've Never Seen a Flood Event Like This': Ian's Devastating Hit to Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis described "historic" damage to parts of the state from the hurricane, which made landfall with winds around 150 mph and caused massive flooding.

Infrastructure

Feds Prepare to Open New $500M Program for Transportation Tech

States and localities are among those eligible for the grants, which are aimed at funding projects focused on innovations like autonomous vehicles and roadside sensors.

Finance

The Housing Market is Cooling Off

With interest rates rising, a new report shows sales down year over year and more homes selling for below asking prices.