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Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter 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.

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Comparing Cities in Terms of the Financial Health of Their Residents

November 18, 2017 Researchers at the Urban Institute released a new interactive data tool this week that offers insight into the fiscal well-being of cities, by looking at the financial health of their residents. The data dashboard includes information for 60 cities around the U.S., clustering them into peer groups like “prosperous cities...

Maryland Congressman: It’s a Mistake Not to Pair Infrastructure With Tax Overhaul

November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are making a mistake by not combining the tax rewrite effort in Congress with a significant infrastructure investment package, a Democratic congressman suggested here Thursday. “If you make a decision to move forward with tax reform and you specifically decide not to include infrastructure in that tax...

Trump Administration Seeks ‘New Vehicle’ For Economic Development

November 15, 2017 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration continues to consider ways federal economic development programs might be reinvented, an adviser to the president indicated Wednesday. President Trump’s first budget proposal earlier this year called for cutting a variety of economic development initiatives, ranging from Community Development Block Grants, to the Appalachian Regional...

Latest Senate Tax Plan Would Tweak Low-Income Housing Credit Program

November 15, 2017 WASHINGTON — Under revised Senate tax legislation Republican lawmakers offered Tuesday a major federal tax credit program that supports the development of affordable rental housing would see changes, but would not be cut or drastically overhauled. The latest version of the Senate tax plan, known as a “chairman’s mark,” incorporates...

With Deadline Approaching, Flood Insurance Bill Clears U.S. House

November 14, 2017 WASHINGTON — Congress made progress Tuesday toward reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire on Dec. 8. House lawmakers approved a bill that would extend the program for five years, through 2022. It passed 237-189, with 222 Republicans and 15 Democrats backing the measure. The reauthorization...

Another Affront to Local Governments in the Republican Tax Proposals

November 13, 2017 WASHINGTON — Republican tax proposals advancing in Congress would eliminate or scale back two types of tax credits that economic development experts say have helped cities and towns struggling with difficulties like high poverty rates and industrial declines. The House bill would end a tax credit program that offsets part...

Senate Tax Plan Would Completely Scrap State and Local Deduction

November 9, 2017 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans released a tax proposal Thursday night that differs from a House bill in significant ways when it comes to tax policy that could affect state and local governments. The Senate plan would eliminate the federal deduction for certain state and local taxes individuals pay. This...

Push to Restore State and Local Deduction in Tax Bill Is Defeated

November 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers rejected a Democratic-backed amendment Tuesday that would have fully restored the federal deduction for state and local taxes in the House GOP tax bill. Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced the measure as the House Ways and Means Committee continued its markup of the...

Changes to Bond Rules in GOP Tax Bill Could Shake Up Infrastructure Financing

November 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — The tax bill Republicans in the U.S. House are moving swiftly ahead with this week threatens to raise borrowing costs for health care facilities, affordable housing and other infrastructure projects involving states, local governments and nonprofit organizations. The legislation would strip the tax-exempt status from a category of...

House Chair Leaves Door Open for Bumping Up State and Local Deduction in Tax Bill

November 3, 2017 WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady on Friday did not reject outright the possibility a proposed cap on the federal deduction for state and local property taxes might be nudged upwards as work continues on Republican tax legislation. But he didn't show enthusiasm for the idea...