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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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Western Local Leaders: Federal Payments for Tax-Exempt Lands Not a ‘County Welfare Program’

September 11, 2017 WASHINGTON — County government officials from the western U.S. met with congressional lawmakers last week to press for funding for two programs that provide payments to counties with tax-exempt tracts of federal land. Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools provide significant support for some county budgets, particularly...

Harvey Aid Bill Also Aims to Ease Financial Pressure for Agencies Fighting Wildfires

September 9, 2017 WASHINGTON — Federal agencies battling wildfires gained leeway on Friday to more quickly replenish money they borrow to cover the cost of suppressing the blazes. Language making this possible is included in a bill President Trump signed providing roughly $15 billion in aid for areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The...

Amendments to Raise CDBG Funding Pass as U.S. House Considers Spending Bill

September 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers adopted amendments to boost funding for community development grants that go to local governments as they considered a spending package on Wednesday and Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year. The amendments would up money for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development...

Amazon Wants to Build a Massive New North American Headquarters

September 7, 2017 Amazon said Thursday it is seeking proposals from cities and regional development organizations who want to host the company’s newly planned $5 billion North American headquarters, where as many as 50,000 people might be employed. The company said the second headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current Seattle...

How Flood Insurance Premiums Could Threaten Local Government Tax Revenues

September 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — If Congress doesn’t take steps to keep flood insurance premiums affordable, it could not only result in higher bills for some homeowners, but also lower property tax revenues for local governments. A county official offered that warning Wednesday, during a briefing state and local leaders held on Capitol...

U.S. DOT Opens Latest Round of TIGER Grant Funding. Will It Be the Last?

September 6, 2017 WASHINGTON — State and local governments will have a chance in the coming weeks to vie for a portion of $500 million in federal transportation funding through a popular grant program that President Trump has called for eliminating. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday it was opening up this...

The Next Step in Kansas City’s Push to Become a ‘Smart City’

September 6, 2017 Kansas City, Missouri is preparing to expand its network of digital kiosks, public wireless internet and sensor technology. The growth is set to take place along a planned bus rapid transit corridor that will be centered on Prospect Avenue, in an eastern part of the city that is lagging economically....

The State With the 'Most to Lose' From a NAFTA Revamp

August 31, 2017 Michigan will be the U.S. state most vulnerable to economic risk if President Trump makes good on his pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or to withdraw from the pact entirely, a credit rating agency said this week. Fitch Ratings Inc. said that if NAFTA is altered...

Despite Foggy Details, State and Local Leaders See Promise in Trump’s Infrastructure Push

August 31, 2017 WASHINGTON — After meeting with senior White House officials in the nation’s capital on Wednesday for an update on the president’s forthcoming infrastructure package, state and local leaders from around the U.S. spoke approvingly of the Trump administration’s emphasis on public works. But with President Trump over seven months into...

For Governors, Zinke’s National Monument Recommendations Remain a Mystery

August 30, 2017 Governors’ offices in at least four states with national monuments covered by a review President Trump ordered have not received details about recommendations Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted to the president last week for how those public lands may be altered. Zinke sent a draft report to the president last...