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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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Why Cities and Counties Need to Monitor the Sagging Retail Sector

August 8, 2017 Stress and transformation in the U.S. retail sector threaten to undermine local government revenues from sales taxes in the coming years, a credit rating agency cautioned this week. Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings issued a report Monday that characterized shifts happening in the nation’s retail sector as “foundational,” adding that...

U.S. Senate Bill That Would Block CDBG Funds for ‘Sanctuary’ Cities Irks Mayors

August 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — A group that represents U.S. mayors is blasting a Republican-backed Senate border security bill, which would withhold federal funds for community and economic development from places that do not meet certain immigration enforcement requirements. The U.S. Conference of Mayors issued a statement over the weekend calling parts of...

DOJ Demands Information on Immigration Policies From 4 Cities Seeking Aid

August 3, 2017 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice is pressing four cities for information about their cooperation with federal immigration authorities before determining whether the jurisdictions will be eligible for certain federal assistance combatting violent crime. It is the latest episode involving tensions between the Trump administration and major U.S. cities...

Mayors Meet With U.S. Senators as Legislative Agenda Shifts Away From Health Care

August 2, 2017 WASHINGTON — With the debate in Congress about health care receding for now and possible tax and infrastructure legislation on the horizon, a bipartisan group of mayors from around the nation came here Wednesday to discuss their priorities with U.S. senators. The U.S. Conference of Mayors organized the visit. Mayor...

EPA Program to Clean Up Toxic Sites Gets Attention on Capitol Hill

August 1, 2017 WASHINGTON — Before he will consider backing a substantial increase in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds wants more information about how the program is being operated and the estimated cost of pending cleanups. The South Dakota Republican chairs the Senate Environment and Public...

USDOT Proposes Regulatory Tweak Intended to Boost Transit P3 Deals

July 31, 2017 WASHINGTON — With the Trump administration pushing to relax regulations and to spur private investment in public works, the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday released a proposal meant to help clear the way for greater private sector involvement in transit projects. The proposed rule-making would allow recipients of federal...

Annapolis Looks to Keep Its History Above Water

July 30, 2017 Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final article in a series based on interviews with city officials at the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit. The National League of Cities, the Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council held the event in Stowe, Vermont, July 17 to 19. Rising...

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill Preserving Transportation, Housing Grants

July 27, 2017 WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators voted Thursday to approve a transportation, housing and urban development bill that would maintain funding for several state and local grant programs that the Trump administration has proposed slashing. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 in favor of the bill, which largely mirrors legislation a subcommittee...

Building Resilient Infrastructure With a ‘Broken’ Revenue Model

July 26, 2017 Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles based on interviews with city officials at the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit. The National League of Cities, the Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council held the event in Stowe, Vermont, July 17 to 19. For Syracuse,...

Senate Panel Advances Bill That Would Boost TIGER, Maintain CDBG Funding

July 25, 2017 WASHINGTON — Funding for transportation and community development grant programs, which mayors and other local leaders have characterized as crucial for their communities, would be largely preserved at current levels in a bill U.S. Senate appropriators advanced on Tuesday. A Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees transportation, housing and urban development...