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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 March 1997

                             WEEKLY UPDATE

                             10 March 1997


                            TOP OF THE NEWS

     The Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute
on Thursday, March 13, are sponsoring the annual Great Lakes
Congressional Breakfast and Issues Briefing.  Senator John Glenn (D-
OH) and Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), co-chairs of the Senate and House
Great Lakes Task Forces, will address the region's priorities for the
105th Congress.

     Also making presentations on behalf of the Great Lakes Commission
will be Donald Vonnahme of the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources and Irene Brooks with the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection.

     The breakfast will begin at 8:00 am in room B-339 of the Rayburn
House Office Building.  The issues briefing, at which regional experts
will discuss priorities with congressional staff, will run from 10:00
am until noon in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

     RSVP:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-4229).

     Senators John Glenn (D-OH) and Connie Mack (R-FL) have formed an
informal coalition to scrutinize and reform the federal power
marketing administrations (PMAs) that provide below-market-priced
electricity to select customers in the West and South.  The ten
senators recently distributed a General Accounting Office (GAO) report
that found the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western PMAs failed to
recover $300 million of their costs in fiscal 1995 and several billion
dollars over the last 30 years.

     Senators Glenn and Mack are sponsoring a meeting on Monday, March
10, with GAO's auditors to review the report and the attacks launched
by PMA beneficiaries.  The session will begin at 10:30 am in room SC-4
of the U.S. Capitol.

     On a related topic, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Thursday, March 13, is holding a roundtable discussion on
the role of public power in a competitive electricity market.  Dick
Munson, executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will be
the keynote presenter for that roundtable, which begins at 9:30 am in
room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT: Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     As lawmakers begin to reauthorize the Intermodal Surface
Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), the Northeast-Midwest Institute
this week will release a report with the most recent data on
transportation funding and needs.

     ISTEA looms as one of the most contentious issues facing Congress
this year.  The divisiveness is caused not so much by disagreements
over policy, nor by disputes over total spending for the program, as
by arguments over how to apportion funds among states and regions in
an equitable fashion.

     Without attempting to offer solutions to these disputes, the
Institute's book lays out state-by-state data so that concerned
analysts may study them further.  The 13 tables provide the most
recent information on road funding and road needs. 

     CONTACTS: Paula Duggan and Alyssa Farber at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).

     DAVID RICHARDSON, the former chief legislative assistant to Rep.
Michael Flanagan (R-IL), joins the Northeast-Midwest Institute staff
to work on high-speed rail and manufacturing modernization. ... ANDERS
WICK, a former Institute intern, joins the staff to work on industrial
efficiency. ... ALLEGRA CANGELOSI will be in London this week serving
as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Marine Environment
Protection Committee of the United Nation's International Maritime
Organization.  The negotiations seek to develop an international
convention on ballast water management. ... CHARLIE BARTSCH last week
addressed the University of California-Davis symposium on federal
financing tools that could affect brownfield redevelopment.  He also
spoke before a California Bar Association-sponsored conference in San
Francisco on creative financing mechanisms to spur urban development.