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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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Cuomo Institutes Indiana Travel Restrictions for N.Y. State Employees

3:00 PM ET New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is turning up the heat on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. On Tuesday, Cuomo announced a ban on taxpayer-funded travel to the Hoosier State effective immediately, a reaction to Indiana’s controversial new religious objections law that has sparked significant concern that it will open the door ...

Indianapolis Mayor Denounces Indiana’s Religious Objections Law and Reaffirms City’s Openness

March 30, 2015 Denouncing Indiana’s controversial new religious objections law, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Monday called on his fellow Republicans in the state government to extend state civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity and reaffirmed his city’s commitment to non-discrimination. "This isn't about politics. This isn't about PR. ...

In Raleigh, State Lawmakers Throw Wrench in City's Central Park Plan. Again.

March 30, 2015 Late last week, an unusual Craigslist ad appeared in Raleigh-area “for sale” listings regarding a large expanse of state-owned land near downtown that the municipal government has been carefully negotiating to purchase to create a grand central park for North Carolina’s capital city: We, the State of North Carolina, have ...

Another City Government Announces Indiana Travel Ban

March 30, 2015 Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has joined his San Francisco counterpart, Ed Lee, in prohibiting official city travel to the state of Indiana, a response to a new religious objections law in the Hoosier State that has been renounced as a way to allow discrimination of members of the LGBT community. ...

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, ...