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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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'Risk Is Shifting' for State and Local Employees Planning for Retirement

October 2, 2017 WASHINGTON — State and local public employees around the U.S. are bearing increased risks and experiencing less certainty when it comes to the security of their retirement benefits. During the last two decades, state governments have sought to restructure public employee retirement systems, often with an eye toward decreasing pressure...

Local Governments Prepare for a Federal Fight Over ‘Double Taxation’

September 22, 2017 WASHINGTON — Mayors and county officials are among those preparing to defend a longstanding federal tax deduction for money people pay in state and local taxes. They anticipate the deduction will be on the chopping block as the Trump administration and GOP members of Congress forge ahead with plans to...

Why Cities Are Concerned About Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation in Congress

September 21, 2017 WASHINGTON — Some city government officials and advocacy groups say they are uneasy about aspects of self-driving vehicle legislation that is taking shape in the U.S. Senate. They’re worried the legislation could undercut the ability of cities to enforce local traffic laws. They also want to ensure that states and...

Leaders of State and Local Groups Offer Their Thoughts on a ‘Transactional’ White House

September 19, 2017 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has been actively engaging with state and local governments, but a slew of tough policy issues remain unresolved at the federal level. Leaders of groups representing governors, counties and cities reflected on this dynamic during a Route Fifty panel discussion here on Tuesday. “This White...

State AGs Urge Insurers to Incentivize Non-Opioid Treatments

September 18, 2017 Attorneys general from states around the U.S. pressed the nation’s health insurers Monday to take steps to help curb the amount of opioid drugs that doctors and others prescribe. The chief state legal officers are pushing for insurers to review, and potentially revise, payment and coverage policies to encourage health...

U.S. House’s Intergovernmental Task Force Set to Reconvene

September 17, 2017 WASHINGTON — A recently formed U.S. House task force on intergovernmental affairs is planning to hold its next meeting later this month, where lawmakers will hear from academics who are experts on federalism. The hearing is currently scheduled for Sept. 28. One of the people expected to provide testimony is...

Trump Administration Hosts Forum on State-Federal Relations

September 14, 2017 WASHINGTON — State officials from around the U.S. met here Wednesday with senior members of the Trump administration to discuss intergovernmental affairs. Officials from 44 states and four territories attended the event—chiefs of staff, deputy chiefs of staff and policy directors among them. There were no governors at the meeting,...

Self-Driving Vehicle Discussion in Congress Turns Toward Trucks

September 13, 2017 WASHINGTON — Safety and the possible displacement of truck-driving jobs by robotic technology are among the top concerns as congressional lawmakers weigh the risks and benefits of self-driving big rigs traveling on the nation’s highways. Discussions about the topic are unfolding as Congress seeks to develop new, national standards for...

Signs of a Financial Slowdown for City Governments

September 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — There are signs that U.S. city governments could be headed toward their first financial slowdown after a period of post-recession growth, according to new research. The National League of Cities, in its latest City Fiscal Conditions survey, found receding confidence among municipal financial officials about the fiscal positions...

Michigan Congressman on Muni Bond Tax Break: 'Municipal Governments Need to Speak Up'

September 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says local government leaders interested in preserving the federal tax exemption for municipal bonds need to keep up the pressure on Congress. Proposals to curtail the tax break are seen as a possibility as Republican lawmakers push ahead with an effort backed by President...