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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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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...

A Federal Push for Smart Cities Cybersecurity and Privacy Standards

August 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity and privacy will be at the forefront in the year ahead of an ongoing federal “smart cities” program. The Global City Teams Challenge was launched about three years ago and is spearheaded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Central to the initiative is establishing proven...

A Twist in the Narrative About the Nation’s Urban-Rural Economic Divide

August 30, 2017 Economies in mid-sized U.S. cities fall into at least three distinct categories, with unique factors driving growth and declines in each group, according to research released Wednesday. The findings are presented in the latest edition of the National League of Cities Local Economic Conditions survey. The report notes that the...

A Federal Push for Smart Cities Cybersecurity and Privacy Standards

August 28, 2017 WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity and privacy will be at the forefront in the year ahead of an ongoing federal “smart cities” program. The Global City Teams Challenge was launched about three years ago and is spearheaded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Central to the initiative is establishing proven...

A Grim Portrait of Public Health in Appalachia

August 25, 2017 People in Appalachia are experiencing a wide range of bleak health outcomes and conditions compared to the rest of the nation, according to research released this week. The region performed worse than the country as a whole across 33 health indicators, including leading causes of death. These findings were presented...

Zinke’s National Monument Review Sent to Trump

August 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke indicated Thursday he would recommend to President Trump that changes be made to national monuments—public lands that encompass cultural sites and millions of acres of desert, forest, mountains and ocean. But the Interior Department did not release details about which monuments might be reworked,...

Another Volley Between States and the Justice Department Over Recreational Marijuana

August 23, 2017 Oregon Gov. Kate Brown defended the state’s recreational marijuana policies in a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter was the latest correspondence between the nation’s top law enforcement officer and states with regulated systems for adults to purchase marijuana for recreational use. Sessions has voiced...

The Upcoming Census Has Big Implications for Federal Funds Flowing to States

August 23, 2017 The 2020 census will be crucial in determining how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are divided among states and local areas in the years ahead for programs that help cover costs such as highway construction, food stamps and health care for the elderly and the poor. Census data provide...

Missouri Mayors Look to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

August 13, 2017 When it comes to getting residents connected to high-speed internet, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri is not anticipating that the federal government will swoop in anytime soon to solve the problems that his city and other localities in the Show-Me State are facing. “I’m not holding my breath,”...