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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 21 April 1997



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                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                          21 April 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


MEMBERS TO INTRODUCE FISH AND WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces on Monday, April 21, will sponsor a
briefing on the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1997. 
That legislation will be introduced at a press conference on April 25
by Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Senator John Glenn (D-OH), co-
chairs of the Great Lakes Task Forces.  Also throughout the day on
April 25, in the Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Fish
and Wildlife Service will present displays and interactive activities
about the agency's work in the Great Lakes.  The bill, based on a 1995
study of environmental restoration needs within the region, seeks to
improve habitats in the Great Lakes for the purpose of restoring fish
and wildlife.

     The briefing on April 21 will begin at 10:00 am in room HC-6 of
the U.S. Capitol.  The press conference on April 25 will begin at 9:30
am in the Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.

     CONTACTS:  Sara Gottlieb, House Great Lakes Task Force (225-5731)
and Whitman Miller, Senate Great Lakes Task Force (224-0388).


BRIEFING:  ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
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     The Manufacturing Task Forces on Monday, April 21, will sponsor a
briefing on the electronics industry, one of the nation's largest
manufacturing sectors.

     Speaking will be Ron Gedney, director of operations for the
National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI), a newly formed
industrial consortium that seeks to promote within North America a
world class electronics manufacturing infrastructure.  Working to
support the early introduction of cutting-edge products, NEMI argues
that a competitive and robust domestic electronics manufacturing
industry is essential for this nation's sustained economic growth and
national security.  The electronics industry employs nearly 25 percent
of all U.S. manufacturing workers, making it the single largest
manufacturing employer.

     The briefing will begin on April 21 at 3:00 pm in the Senate
Banking Committee Hearing Room (538 Dirksen Senate Office Building).

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


MIDWEST RECEIVES FEW FEDERAL FUNDS
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     Six midwestern states ranked in the bottom ten in terms of per-
capita receipts from the federal government, according to fiscal 1996
data recently released by the Census Bureau.  Continuing a long-
standing trend, the Midwest suffers from relatively low federal
salaries and wages (reflecting the presence of few military or other
federal installations) and relatively low federal procurement
(reflecting the absence of major military contractors).

     Northeastern states had more disparate relations with the federal
government, ranging from Maryland's second-place ranking to Delaware's
36th.  Rhode Island, Maine, New Jersey, Vermont, and Delaware improved
their rank from fiscal 1995 to fiscal 1996; rankings fell for
Massachusetts and Connecticut (largely the result of cutbacks in
military procurement) and Pennsylvania (due to reductions in Medicare
and student loans).

     The table below ranks each state by per-capita federal spending. 
In early June, the Northeast-Midwest Institute will release a report--
FEDERAL SPENDING TO THE NORTHEAST-MIDWEST:  FISCAL 1996--describing
each state's receipts and payments to the federal government.  Later
in the year, it will publish a series of detailed, state-specific
reports on the flow of federal funds.

     CONTACT:  Alyssa Farber, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).



RANKED PER-CAPITA FEDERAL SPENDING BY STATE FOR FISCAL 1996 1/

1996    1995                          Per-Capita
Rank    Rank      State               Spending

1       1         Virginia            7,536
2       2         Maryland            7,303
3       4         Alaska              7,151
4       3         New Mexico          7,048
5       5         Hawaii              6,771
6       7         Missouri            6,549
7       6         Massachusetts       5,984
8       9         Rhode Island        5,715
9       10        Montana             5,658
10      17        Mississippi         5,591

11      8         North Dakota        5,544
12      11        West Virginia       5,509
13      16        Florida             5,498
14      13        Alabama             5,478
15      18        Maine               5,477
16      12        Connecticut         5,472
17      14        Pennsylvania        5,322
18      19        South Dakota        5,290
19      15        Washington          5,286
20      24        Colorado            5,234

21      20        Wyoming             5,228
22      22        New York            5,206
23      25        Tennessee           5,180
24      23        Louisiana           5,083
25      27        Oklahoma            5,055
26      21        Kentucky            5,051
27      28        South Carolina      4,975
28      30        California          4,939
29      26        Arizona             4,927
30      31        Arkansas            4,811

31      32        New Jersey          4,800
32      29        Kansas              4,800
33      34        Georgia             4,723
34      37        Vermont             4,711
35      36        Iowa                4,701
36      38        Delaware            4,639
37      43        Nevada              4,634
38      35        Idaho               4,606
39      33        Nebraska            4,598
40      40        Texas               4,522

41      39        Ohio                4,488
42      45        North Carolina      4,475
43      41        Oregon              4,423
44      44        Illinois            4,324
45      46        New Hampshire       4,304
46      49        Indiana             4,146
47      42        Utah                4,097
48      47        Michigan            4,095
49      48        Minnesota           4,048
50      50        Wisconsin           3,868
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1/ Federal expenditures by state do not include dollars that could not
be distributed by state or that were unavailable.  Such amounts
include interest payments on the debt, international payments and
foreign aid, current operational expenses not included under salaries
or procurement, expenditures for selected agencies, and foreign
outlays.

SOURCE: Northeast-Midwest Institute staff calculations based on U.S.
        Department Commerce, Bureau of the Census data, Federal
        Expenditures by State for Fiscal 1996, Tables 1 and 10.


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