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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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Mayor at Citizenship Ceremony: ‘This Is the Greatness of Our Country’

July 5, 2018 Good morning, it’s Thursday, July 5, 2018. Here’s our special July 4 roundup of state and local government news around the United States, which celebrated its 242nd birthday on Wednesday. Mayors, governors and other public officials joined newly sworn-in U.S. citizens from around the world at July 4 naturalization ceremonies,...

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

July 3, 2018 Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and leading Route Fifty’s state and local government news roundup are the wildfires in western states and the firefighters fighting them heading into the July 4 holiday. Scroll down for more stories from places like Seattle, Washington; Frankfort, Kentucky; Marion County, West Virginia;...

Yuma Hopes to Rebound After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

July 2, 2018 This spring, public health officials urged consumers across the nation to ditch romaine lettuce grown in a very specific area: Yuma, Arizona. Located along Interstate 8 roughly halfway between San Diego and Tucson near the U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma is the hub of an agriculturally rich area whose local farms were...

An Annoying Hiccup to Complete New Jersey’s Budget Deal

July 2, 2018 Good morning! It's Monday, July 2 and state budget news leads our roundup of state and local government news from around the United States. But scroll down for more, including news from places like Elko, Nevada; Kansas City, Missouri; San Francisco, California; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Miami-Dade County, Florida and...

Jerry Brown’s Message About Daylight Saving Time in California

June 29, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. Sacramento, California: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a stack of bills on Thursday and among the big items of note, the governor approved A.B. 375, a closely watched online privacy bill that will let consumers “ask for the...

Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

June 27, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route FIfty’s attention ... Tallahassee, Florida: State officials announced Wednesday that a prescribed burn conducted by a contractor for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission caused a recent wildfire in the state’s Panhandle, which burned more than 800 acres...

Budget Plan OK’d by Calif. Governor ‘Fills Rainy Day Fund to the Brim’

June 27, 2018 Outside a state office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his final state budget, a nearly $140 billion plan that “fills the Rainy Day Fund to the brim and sends record funding to California’s classrooms,” according to an announcement from the governor’s office, which...

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

June 26, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: After lawmakers at the State Capitol “rebuffed his request for a special exit from the state's distressed municipalities status with expanded tax authority in place” last week, Mayor Eric Papenfuse declared a “state of fiscal...

Georgia Studying Takeover of World’s Busiest Airport

June 25, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … Atlanta, Georgia: The idea of Georgia’s state government taking away control of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport from Atlanta City Hall—a prospect that is now being studied—is facing major criticism from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Delta CEO...

In and Around Boston, the Green Line Gets Many Green Lights

June 25, 2018 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will get $225 million in federal grant money for the long-planned Green Line Extension, a project in the Boston area that will bring light-rail transit service to Somerville and Medford. It’s the second installment of federal funding for the 4.7-mile-long GLX project, which will include...