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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.
Tech & Data

How One State Tech Agency Strives to Attract and Retain Great Workers

A "culture of public service" is key, but initiatives like "no meetings Thursday" can also help, officials said.

Infrastructure

7 Offshore Wind Leases Could be Economic Boon to US Coastal Communities

The Interior Department is "laying out an ambitious roadmap" for the proposed wind power sites in waters off eastern and western states by 2025.

Tech & Data

States Move Towards Embracing Artificial Intelligence Technology

Processes that are labor intensive, and that involve high volumes of information are among the areas where it could prove useful.

Tech & Data

The Top Issues for State Government Tech Leaders

A new survey sheds light on priorities and concerns for state chief information officers, over a year after their work was radically affected by the pandemic.

Tech & Data

Tesla to Move Headquarters From California to Texas

CEO Elon Musk cited housing affordability and commute times in announcing the relocation, which follows a clash between the billionaire and California officials last year.

Management

The Complicated Art of Getting Community Engagement Right

It's not always easy for cities to collect feedback from residents. Officials are looking at fresh ways to get the job done, while trying to avoid pitfalls like “engagement fatigue.”

Finance

Appeals Court Rules Against States Challenging SALT Deduction Cap

The decision comes amid debate in Congress over whether to roll back the $10,000 limit on a write-off for state and local taxes.

Infrastructure

5 Midwest States Form Electric Vehicle Pact

They plan to work together building out charging infrastructure and on other issues. The agreement comes after Ford unveiled plans for big electric vehicle investments in another region.

Finance

How Public Pensions Fared During a Year Marked by the Pandemic

An analysis shows no clear signs of severe damage last year to the funds, although the share meeting a funding benchmark did fall.

Tech & Data

Ford to Invest Billions in Electric Vehicle Production in Two States

One governor is describing a planned facility as the largest economic development project his state has ever seen.

Finance

Four-State Economic Renewal Plan Gets Fresh Attention

Local officials and others launched discussions this week about a broad revitalization proposal for Appalachia. Talks come as federal legislation could unlock money to help make it feasible.

Health & Human Services

The States With the Weakest and Strongest Social Safety Nets

New research allows for easy comparisons of how states stack up based on a variety of social welfare and pro-labor policies, and also offers a look at economic outcomes in each place.

Infrastructure

Public Works Agencies Hit by Rising Prices and Supply Delays

That’s on top of longer standing troubles filling jobs. The trio of challenges is stacking up at a pivotal moment for infrastructure spending in the U.S.

Management

The Future of State Versus State Cases at the US Supreme Court

Two justices have made clear that they believe the court is neglecting too many of the disputes.

Health & Human Services

Data Show Rise in Households Struggling to Afford Food For Kids

But the new federal statistics also reveal food insecurity among children in 2020 didn't reach levels seen during the last recession.

Finance

New Economic Development Chief Pledges to Ramp Up Outreach

Alejandra Castillo last month took the helm of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which has seen its budget swell with over $4 billion in pandemic-era grant funding.

Infrastructure

Deadly Auto Crashes Up, Despite Less Driving

New federal statistics show that a troubling trend with a rise in fatalities on the nation's roadways continued into this year.

Finance

The States With the Strongest Personal Income Growth

Pandemic relief spending by the federal government contributed to historic gains in the amount of money Americans collected during the first quarter of the year.

Health & Human Services

How Many At-Risk Renters Live in States Without Eviction Protections?

Researchers offer an estimate now that the Supreme Court has struck down a pandemic-era federal eviction ban.

Tech & Data

Amazon to Hire for More Than 40,000 Corporate and Tech Jobs Across US

Many positions will be in Seattle and northern Virginia, but the company is looking to recruit in other regions as well.