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Michael Grass

Senior Editor Michael Grass, who joined GovExec in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
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Next Stop on Route Fifty’s ‘Roadmap’ Roadtrip: Kansas

March 28, 2015 For those who have been following our Route Fifty cross-country journey, “The Roadmap,” we’ve previously made stops in Sacramento and Colorado’s Western Slope. As we continue eastward across the Great Plains, our next stop is Kansas. John Celock, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who has become captivated by Kansas, its politics ...

Questions Simmer in Oregon Over Legality of Local Marijuana Taxes

March 28, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — When voters in the Beaver State approved Measure 91 last year, the ballot initiative legalizing marijuana tied the hands of local jurisdictions from assessing their own taxes on cannabis sold for recreational use. But that hasn’t stopped local jurisdictions in Oregon from approving their own marijuana taxes ...

When Enticing Millennials, Cost-of-Living Comparisons Aren’t Always What They Seem

March 27, 2015 In recent months, Metrorail commuters in the nation’s capital have been treated to an advertising campaign in select stations promoting Columbus, Ohio, as a destination for cost-conscious millennials. In one ad, a toothy Columbus millennial with bright lip stick and a wide-brimmed hat stands confidently paired with the message: “Where ...

Portland’s Pressing Civic Issues Are Bigger Than the Design of Airport Carpet

March 26, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Everyone seems to be obsessed with the design of the airport carpeting in the City of Roses. When it was learned that the distinctive carpet pattern that a generation of local air travelers became accustomed to flying in and out of Portland International Airport would be phased ...

D.C.’s Local Government Promotes City’s Tech Credentials

March 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — In terms of local government management issues, the District of Columbia’s new mayor, Muriel Bowser, has had her hands full since she took office in January. First, her administration has been trying to sort out the mess with D.C.’s problematic streetcar line, which has been essentially finished for ...

Oregon Works to Fix Flaw in Bill Meant to Entice Google Fiber

March 24, 2015 Last week, there was a lot of optimism around state legislation in Oregon designed to help make it easier for Google Fiber to deploy in Portland. “This bill is the result of a lot of work by everyone involved to get to a place where we’re clarifying the tax rates, ...

U.S. Mayors to Capitol Hill: It's Time to Boost Transportation Infrastructure Funding

March 23, 2015 U.S. mayors have a message for Congress: May 31 is fast approaching. That’s when the current federal surface transportation law is due to expire. And after 13 years of flat federal funding for surface transportation investments, legislative band-aids from Congress won’t cut it. “We want long-term funding,” New York City ...

Can 'Uber 9-1-1' Improve Emergency Medical Response?

March 23, 2015 It’s certainly an interesting idea for the future: Could seeking emergency medical attention be as easy as hailing an Uber on a smartphone? The answer, right now at least, is certainly no. But Hyper co-founder Minqi Jiang, in a recent Medium piece titled “Uber 911: How the company changing the ...

How Kansas City, Kan., Is Fixing Its Sewers

March 22, 2015 Kansas City, Kansas, like so many other cities that have aging infrastructure, has been working to fix a big problem: its combined sewer system. Such systems carry both stormwater runoff and raw sewage to water treatment plants. But during times of heavy rainfall, when the combined sewer system can’t handle ...

Next Stop on Route Fifty’s ‘Roadmap’ Series: Colorado’s Western Slope

March 19, 2015 Colorado’s Western Slope, the mountainous and high-desert region west of the Continental Divide, is an area of amazing natural beauty. While tourism and recreation have been very important to this region, economically, the Western Slope has been a place greatly shaped by the boom and bust cycles of the energy ...