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Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group 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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Don’t Overlook Resiliency Benefits When Touting Transportation Improvements

January 16, 2017 SEATTLE — When investments in transportation infrastructure are normally being discussed, they’re looked at through the lens of mobility. And that’s for a very good reason: Improving the way you can get from Point A to Point B to Point C and beyond should be the driving force behind transportation...

A Cautionary Case Study for Governors Looking to Defund Planned Parenthood

January 12, 2017 On the campaign trail, defunding Planned Parenthood was a prominent red-meat topic of discussion and a rallying call for core conservatives, just like repealing Obamacare was. But repealing as something as complex as the Affordable Care Act isn’t a simple action, nor is replacing it. So it’s not necessarily surprising...

Video: Goats Help Prevent Wildfires in Southern California

January 11, 2017 Certain types of vegetation adjacent to roads and bridges can sometimes pose majors challenges for state and local transportation departments working to prevent wildfires. Work crews can have a hard time navigating difficult terrain in order to clear out tinder-dry vegetation that could spark a big fire from, for instance,...

Seattle-Area Transit Agency Takes Major Step to Build a Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet

January 10, 2017 SEATTLE — Many state and local government agencies have goals to significantly cut carbon emissions, but they’re still a long way from realizing a zero-emissions future. The King County government, which operates the extensive Metro bus network in and around the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, is taking a big step...

West Coast Storms Prompt Drinking Water Emergency in Santa Cruz

January 9, 2017 Officials in Santa Cruz, California, have urged residents who rely on the municipal water system to cut back consumption by 30 percent following a major leak in a pipeline that leads to the city from the Loch Lomond Reservoir. About 1,500 gallons are leaking per minute from the Newell Creek...

L.A. College Pays Hacker’s Ransom to Unlock IT Systems

January 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cyberattack on Los Angeles Valley College over the holidays locked down a variety of the school’s IT systems just as students were returning for the new year. The major disruption prompted the L.A. Community College District to pay a Bitcoin ransom last week that amounted to approximately $28,000 in...

L.A. College Pays Hacker’s Ransom to Unlock IT Systems

January 8, 2017 A cyberattack on Los Angeles Valley College over the holidays locked down a variety of the school’s IT systems just as students were returning for the new year. The major disruption prompted the L.A. Community College District to pay a Bitcoin ransom last week that amounted to approximately $28,000 in...

In Washington State, a Way to Connect With Olympia When Winter Puts It Out of Reach

January 4, 2017 SEATTLE — In certain states, topography and harsh weather conditions can sometime isolate one region from another during the winter weather months. Residents of eastern Washington state know this especially well this time of year when winter storms and snow-removal work can force the closure of the handful of passes...

New York’s Other Costly and Long-Delayed Transportation Megaproject

January 4, 2017 New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state agency that operates New York City’s subway system, plus the Long Island and Metro-North commuter railroads, has checked a major megaproject off its long-term capital construction list: the first phase of the long-awaited Second Avenue subway line in Manhattan, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

We Covered a Lot of Ground Last Year. Explore Our Route Fifty 2016 Newsmap.

January 3, 2017 Happy New Year! Here at Route Fifty, as we’ve been looking ahead to the year to come, we’ve been taking stock of our work from 2016 covering the varied world of U.S. state, county and municipal government. We covered a lot of ground, not just on the breadth of topics...

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