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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 3 February 1997

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                         3 February 1997

                         TOP OF THE NEWS

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the chief economist for the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched a
two-year study on the economic valuation of Great Lakes environmental
restoration and cleanup efforts.  On Thursday, February 6, project
leaders will meet in Chicago with a blue ribbon panel of economists to
assess valuation techniques and identify case studies.

     The panel includes academic, business, and government economists
from all eight Great Lakes states, as well as Canada.  Economists
outside the Great Lakes region also will participate in order to
provide insight into valuation practices that could be applicable to
the Great Lakes.

     CONTACTS:  Patricia Cicero and Allegra Cangelosi, Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).

     Praeger Press and the Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will
publish a hard-cover textbook entitled BROWNFIELDS.  Public concern
about health effects from hazardous chemicals, changing environmental
law, and evolving private-sector development and financing priorities
have made it increasingly difficult for communities to restore and
reuse former manufacturing sites.  This 144-page study offers analysis
and practical guidance on how these blighted areas -- brownfields --
have been and can be brought back to life.  It is priced at $55 and
can be purchased from Praeger Press by calling 1-800-225-5800.

     Building on some of the findings in that book, several members of
the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition last week introduced
legislation providing tax incentives to encourage brownfield reuse. 
Senators Spencer Abraham (R-MI), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Alfonse D'Amato
(R-NY), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), and Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) are
targeting cleanups in empowerment zones and at Environmental
Protection Agency pilot brownfield sites.

     CONTACTS:  Charlie Bartsch and Elizabeth Collaton, Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).

     Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) this week will
introduce legislation to curtail federal subsidies provided to the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  The bill is prompted by the TVA
chairman's recent announcement that the agency would forego its annual
appropriation of $106 million.  While applauding the chairman's move
toward deficit reduction, Reps. Franks and Meehan, co-chairs of the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, will distribute a detailed
study showing that TVA receives more than $1 billion each year in
additional subsidies, including tax exemptions, favorable treatment
affecting the cost of capital, and access to preference power.

     In order to implement the TVA chairman's recommendation, the bill
would eliminate appropriations to TVA after fiscal 1999.  It also
calls for reports to Congress that detail the historical and current
costs to the federal government of all subsidies provided to TVA, and
that describe how TVA will provide the electric power generated at its
facilities on the open, competitive market.

     CONTACT:  Dick Munson, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, February 6, will
release its regional analysis of the president's budget proposals for
fiscal 1998.  The annual report will highlight programs of importance
to the Northeast-Midwest, as well as project state-by-state funding
for a few select initiatives.  

     The report will be available to the media at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute at 4 pm.  Copies will be delivered to state offices
and members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate

     CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     On Friday, February 14, the Northeast-Midwest Institute will co-host,
with the Sunbelt Caucus and the California Institute, a briefing
and hands-on demonstration of how labor market information (LMI)
systems work, featuring the system developed by the Virginia
Employment Commission.  This session, to be held from 10:00 am until
noon in room 2261 of the Rayburn House Office Building, will afford
attendees a unique opportunity to see first hand how a dynamic system
of information delivery can help employers and labor markets function
more efficiently.

     Legislative staff dealing with workforce issues, education and
training policy, employer assistance programs, manufacturing
modernization, and budget issues should take advantage of this chance
to learn what LMI is, who needs it, and what Congress is doing about
it.  Labor and education staffers in particular will find the session
very timely for their upcoming legislative work.

     CONTACT:  Paula Duggan, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200),
to RSVP.

                            NEW STAFF

PATRICIA CICERO joins the Northeast-Midwest Institute as a policy
analyst concerned particularly with evaluating the economic benefits
of environmental programs; she has been a Sea Grant Fellow with the
Senate Great Lakes Task Force. ... ROCHELLE STURTEVANT is the new
coordinator of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force; she has
been a Sea Grant Fellow, based in the office of Rep. Steven LaTourette
(R-OH).  ... SARA GOTTLIEB, from the University of Maryland, will be
the new Sea Grant Fellow for the House Great Lakes Task Force, working
out of Rep. LaTourette's office.  ... WHITMAN MILLER, from the
University of California at Los Angeles, will be a Sea Grant Fellow
for the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, working out of Senator John
Glenn's (D-OH) office.