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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 March 1997



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                           NORTHEAST-MIDWEST
                             WEEKLY UPDATE

                             17 March 1997

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                            TOP OF THE NEWS


BRIEFING ON THE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY
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     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Wednesday, March 19,
will sponsor a briefing on the semiconductor equipment and materials
industry.  Three leading executives will discuss international
competition, as well as technological advances -- such as 300mm
silicon wafers -- that will place more semiconductor chips on
individual silicon wafers.

     Speakers will include:  Jim McKibben, vice president of Tegal
Corporation from Petaluma, California; Mark Gesley, vice president of
Etec Systems, Inc., of Hayward, California; and George D'Arbeloff,
vice president of Teradyne, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts.

     The briefing will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at 4 pm in
room 706 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Geoff Brown, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-
0606).


DISCUSSION ON ENERGY PRICE VOLATILITY
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     Staff for the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition are invited to
a discussion on Monday, March 17, of the occasional, but significant,
increases in the cost of home heating oil, natural gas, and propane. 
Particular attention will be paid to possible gasoline shortages
during the upcoming summer driving season.

     The discussion will focus on the causes of price volatility and
steps that Congress and the Department of Energy might take to reduce
such cost swings.  Representatives from the American Automobile
Association and National Association of State Energy Offices will
attend the meeting.

     The session will be held on Monday, March 17, at 11:00 am in
room 706 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Geoff Brown, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-
0606).


BROWNFIELD LEGISLATION INTRODUCED
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     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Paul McHale (D-PA) last week
introduced legislation to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of
old industrial sites, commonly known as brownfields.  The bill would
reduce the liability for developers who reuse brownfields and the
banks that finance them.  It also would establish a Brownfields IRA
that would enable site owners to deposit, as a deduction from income,
payments into an account for hazardous waste cleanup.

     The Quinn-McHale legislation is one of several brownfield bills
introduced in the 105th Congress, many of them sponsored by
Northeast-Midwest Coalition members.  An updated summary of those
bills can be obtained from the environmental quality section of the
Northeast-Midwest Institute's home page (http://www.nemw.org).

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


COMPARISON OF AVERAGE ANNUAL FUNDING UNDER ISTEA AND NEXTEA

                                   Percent               Percent
                                   of U.S.               of U.S.
State or Region             ISTEA    Total       NEXTEA    Total

New England           
  Connecticut             340,471     1.98      375,196     1.88
  Maine                    87,377     0.51      102,511     0.51
  Massachusetts           830,000     4.83      579,970     2.90
  New Hampshire            83,312     0.48       94,667     0.47
  Rhode Island             96,821     0.56      106,339     0.53
  Vermont                  76,345     0.44       94,166     0.47
Total                   1,514,326     8.80    1,352,849     6.77

Mid-Atlantic          
  Delaware                 72,873     0.42       89,721     0.45
  Maryland                296,446     1.72      323,907     1.62
  New Jersey              488,685     2.84      578,407     2.90
  New York                944,887     5.49    1,159,287     5.81
  Pennsylvania            747,375     4.35      915,975     4.59
Total                   2,550,266    14.83    3,067,297    15.36

Midwest               
  Illinois                614,211     3.57      758,404     3.80
  Indiana                 393,602     2.29      487,731     2.44
  Iowa                    202,447     1.18      237,061     1.19
  Michigan                495,498     2.88      608,482     3.05
  Minnesota               247,025     1.44      290,843     1.46
  Ohio                    630,685     3.67      729,629     3.65
  Wisconsin               340,305     1.98      375,196     1.88
Total                   2,923,773    17.00    3,487,346    17.46

South                 
  Alabama                 304,559     1.77      367,341     1.84
  Arkansas                207,437     1.21      242,897     1.22
  District of Columbia     88,613     0.52       97,375     0.49
  Florida                 734,049     4.27      818,071     4.10
  Georgia                 520,222     3.02      631,875     3.16
  Kentucky                267,345     1.55      325,118     1.63
  Louisiana               252,951     1.47      317,931     1.59
  Mississippi             197,220     1.15      226,828     1.14
  North Carolina          455,654     2.65      513,160     2.57
  Oklahoma                245,760     1.43      293,552     1.47
  South Carolina          226,079     1.31      310,519     1.55
  Tennessee               359,150     2.09      401,420     2.01
  Texas                 1,130,379     6.57    1,347,159     6.75
  Virginia                392,376     2.28      484,240     2.42
  West Virginia           159,282     0.93      176,563     0.88
Total                   5,541,076    32.21    6,554,049    32.82

West                  
  Alaska                  212,564     1.24      234,748     1.18
  Arizona                 253,541     1.47      291,405     1.46
  California            1,613,207     9.38    1,917,192     9.60
  Colorado                200,694     1.17      264,052     1.32
  Hawaii                  125,696     0.73      138,441     0.69
  Idaho                   113,709     0.66      126,403     0.63
  Kansas                  198,431     1.15      245,906     1.23
  Missouri                381,416     2.22      472,261     2.36
  Montana                 158,942     0.92      174,557     0.87
  Nebraska                138,599     0.81      157,883     0.79
  Nevada                  103,093     0.60      121,944     0.61
  New Mexico              176,885     1.03      194,621     0.97
  North Dakota            104,847     0.61      114,365     0.57
  Oregon                  205,604     1.20      250,912     1.26
  South Dakota            116,338     0.68      128,409     0.64
  Utah                    128,454     0.75      174,868     0.88
  Washington              326,942     1.90      375,452     1.88
  Wyoming                 111,998     0.65      124,397     0.62
Total                   4,670,960    27.16    5,507,816    27.58

Northeast               4,064,592    23.63    4,420,146    22.13
Midwest                 2,923,773    17.00    3,487,346    17.46
Northeast and Midwest   6,988,365    40.63    7,907,492    39.60

South                   5,541,076    32.21    6,554,049    32.82
West                    4,670,960    27.16    5,507,816    27.58
South and West         10,212,036    59.37   12,061,865    60.40

U.S. Total             17,200,401   100.00   19,969,357   100.00


SOURCE:  Federal Highway Administration, March 11, 1997.


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