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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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Scammers Threaten North Dakota Governor With ‘Immediate Arrest’

June 5, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... Bismarck, North Dakota: Scammers pretending to be from IRS called Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday threatening him with “immediate arrest” if he didn’t return their call within “twenty-four working hours.” The governor informed the state attorney...

Pennsylvania’s ‘Johnstown Flood Tax’ May End Up Helping Johnstown Again

June 4, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. Johnstown, Pennsylvania: Three years after Prohibition ended, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed the Johnstown Flood Tax on alcohol sales that was designed to help fund recovery efforts following the 1936 floods that hit Johnstown and other communities in western...

A Dismal Compliance Rate for Florida Nursing Homes

June 3, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention this weekend … Tallahassee, Florida: New rules went into effect on Friday that requires nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Florida to have at least 96-hours of backup power for cooling purposes. But thus far, compliance has...

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

June 1, 2018 OAKLAND, Calif. — At the top of its public records request portal, the city of Oakland has a request of its own: “If you need Oakland, CA records that may have been previously released, please search past requests. You may find what you need!” It’s fairly uncommon for a local...

Feds Announce Relief Funding for Transit Agencies Impacted by 2017’s Hurricanes

May 31, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday announced $277.5 million in relief funding for transit systems that sustained damage during hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year. Of that funding, $232.3 million will be...

‘Government Is What We Do Together That We Can’t Do Alone’

May 31, 2018 OAKLAND, Calif. — Some of the brightest minds in civic technology have assembled in the Bay Area for this year’s Code for America Summit. As this year’s gathering gets underway, it’s good to highlight something that's very relevant from a different conference not too long ago. During a presentation at...

Study Casts Doubt on Feasibility of Boston’s Proposed Flood Barrier

May 30, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … Boston, Massachusetts: A new city hall study casts doubt that building a massive $11 billion 3.8 mile-long harbor barrier to protect Boston from coastal flooding is feasible. Instead, the report recommends that Boston “should instead focus...

Tech-Minded Colorado Has a Bay Area ‘Poaching Strategy’

May 30, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — As a BART train pulled into the Embarcadero station on Tuesday afternoon, the doors opened and enough commuters got out to reveal an ad campaign that simply reads “Time to Reboot” with a website address for Pivot to Colorado. But it’s not a tourism promotion meant to...

San Francisco City Attorney’s Subpoenas Put New Pressure on Uber, Lyft

May 30, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Uber and Lyft are facing new legal scrutiny in the city where app-based ride-hailing services first took root and flourished. On Tuesday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced new subpoenas his office sent Uber and Lyft that seek information about how much those driving for the...

Federal Lawsuit Targets Facebook-Blocking Mayor

May 29, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... National City, California: A man blocked on Facebook by Mayor Ron Morrison has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the mayor of First Amendment violations. While the mayor tolerates some criticism on his Facebook page, Morrison says...