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Michael Grass

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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Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey Shows Different Attitudes on Budgeting Practices

January 22, 2018 Digging around the results of Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey, one of the interesting items that stood out were the attitudes toward two budget practice approaches that are being used by some state and local jurisdictions. Our newly released survey asked about both participatory budgeting (where citizens provide input into...

Montana Governor's Executive Order Ties Net Neutrality to State Contracts

January 22, 2018 Here’s a roundup of recent state and local government stories that caught Route FIfty’s eye ... NET NEUTRALITY | Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order on Monday to protect net neutrality in his state, requiring that “successful recipients of state contracts adhere to internet neutrality principles,” according to...

The Big Challenge Public Health Officials Face as ‘Flint Registry’ Launches

January 22, 2018 People impacted by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan between April 2014 and October 2015 are being encouraged to pre-enroll in a new federally funded registry designed “to connect them to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health while promoting wellness...

State and Local Jurisdictions Step Up to Fill Federal Void During Shutdown

January 22, 2018 Although congressional negotiations on Sunday night failed to resolve the lapse in appropriations that prompted the shuttering of parts of the federal government this weekend, the disruption hasn’t yet had major impacts on U.S. city halls and state capitals. But as the congressional impasse continues into Monday, some state and...

Utah Mayor Accused of Using Physical Intimidation in Workplace

January 21, 2018 Hello from Route Fifty’s Seattle bureau. This week, city hall leaders from across the nation will be gathering in the other Washington for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton hotel near the White House. Stay tuned for complete coverage of the proceedings and policy...

Worker-Training Issue Leaves Show Me State Vulnerable This Winter

January 19, 2018 When it comes to effectively preparing for and responding to winter weather conditions, it doesn’t always matter how many snow plows there are in an agency’s vehicle fleet or how much salt and snow-melt chemicals are ready to be applied to roadways. You need people to operate the plows. And...

Why 2018 Is an Important Anniversary Year for Arizonans

January 17, 2018 Like California, Arizona has been a state whose major population centers, economic vitality and agriculture rely on aqueducts carrying water from sources hundreds of miles away. Throughout 2018, the Central Arizona Project will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Colorado River Basin Project Act by then-President...

Bloomberg’s What Works Cities Program Hits a Big Milestone But Its Work Is Far From Done

January 17, 2018 When it launched in April 2015, one of the goals of What Works Cities, the cross-sector partnership funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies that’s focused on assisting mid-sized U.S. cities with their data management and agency performance challenges, was to expand the initiative to eventually include 100 municipal governments. After initially...

Gov. Sandoval Discusses States as ‘Laboratories’ to Drive the Engines of Innovation

January 11, 2018 Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval welcomed representatives from more than 25 states to Las Vegas this week for the National Governors Association’s Transportation Innovation Summit, held during CES2018, the giant annual consumer electronics showcase where advancements in autonomous vehicles and other technology have been on full display. “We’re the states—we do...

Deadly Mudflows Tear Through Southern California Neighborhoods

January 9, 2018 A worst-case post-wildfire disaster unfolded early Tuesday morning in parts of Southern California where heavy winter precipitation caused torrents of mud and debris to flow down from burn zones and into areas that had escaped the Thomas Fire’s initial destruction. As of Tuesday evening, at least 13 people were killed...