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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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In Civic Tech Circles, There Are Few Better Places to Be Than Philadelphia City Hall

April 21, 2015 PHILADELPHIA — With about nine months remaining in Mayor Michael Nutter’s second and final term in office, 2015 is a time to reflect on some of the noteworthy civic tech projects and tech-forward initiatives that City Hall has undertaken in recent years. The unveiling of Philadelphia’s new open data portal...

Massachusetts Cities and Towns Still Feeling Fiscal Hit From Costly Winter

April 20, 2015 The record levels of snow might be gone from the ground in Massachusetts, but for some local governments in the state, the financial fallout from last winter’s storms has yet to melt. On April 13, President Obama signed a disaster declaration which will allow federal aid to flow to the...

Bloomberg Kicks Off $42 Million ‘What Works Cities’ Innovation Effort

April 20, 2015 Bloomberg Philanthropies on Monday unveiled a $42 million initiative to help 100 mid-sized cities use data and evidence to inform policy decisions, improve services and engage the public. Working with partner organizations over three years, the What Works Cities Initiative will seek to assist cities with efforts related to areas...

With a May 31 Transportation Deadline Ticking, State Officials Wait for Congress to Act

April 19, 2015 Virginia’s transportation budget for fiscal 2015 is about $4.3 billion. But the state’s deputy transportation secretary, Nick Donohue, notes that the portion of this money available to pay for costs such as highway repairs and bridge replacements is far smaller. “Two billion of that is used to plow snow, cut...

How Colorado Is Trying to Convince Marijuana Enthusiasts Not to Drive Stoned

April 16, 2015 Don’t drive high. That’s the message that the Colorado Department of Transportation will try to convey this weekend with a smoke-filled car, an arcade game, and other pot-themed measures, as marijuana enthusiasts take part in festivities marking April 20, or “420.” For decades, pot smokers have seen April 20 as...

With a Police Body Camera Redaction Solution in Sight in Seattle, D.C. Mayor Moves to Block Video Access

April 15, 2015 Call it a tale of two Washingtons. Both Washington, D.C., and Seattle are grappling with how and when to publicly disclose footage recorded by police officer worn body cameras—and so far the two cities are taking very different approaches. Earlier this week, a disagreement surfaced between the District of Columbia’s...

When Smart Parking Meters Become Overly Sensitive

April 14, 2015 The city of San Jose is working with the manufacturer of its “smart” parking meters to correct a glitch that has left dozens of people stuck with citations they didn’t deserve. According to the San Jose Department of Transportation, the problem is not widespread. But about 15 of the city’s...

Pittsburgh’s Innovation Chief Pushes a Big Municipal ‘Cultural Shift’

April 13, 2015 Pittsburgh’s chief innovation and performance officer, Debra Lam, says that getting a whiteboard for her office wall took six months. She notes that while having a whiteboard is not critical, it’s still nice. The amount of time it took to get the board highlights one of the bigger adjustments she’s...

Planning for Next Rainy Day, States Look at Revenue Volatility to Guide Savings Strategies

April 11, 2015 It was no small adjustment. In late January, North Dakota legislative staff issued a revised oil and gas tax forecast for the state that lowered revenue estimates from the prior month by about $4 billion. Estimates from last December pegged oil and gas tax revenues for North Dakota's 2015-2017 budget...

Here’s the Top Concern for Many Municipal Bond Market Analysts

April 7, 2015 Public pensions are one of the top issues confronting the municipal bond market, according to the vast majority of credit analysts responding to a survey released on Monday. The survey asked 162 municipal bond credit analysts to name the five most important issues or trends currently facing the market. Of...