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NORTHEAST-MIDWEST WEEKLY UPDATE -- 9 MARCH 1998



GREAT LAKES RECEPTION TO HONOR SENATOR JOHN GLENN
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute will host a Great Lakes
Congressional Reception on Wednesday, March 11, at which Senator John
Glenn (D-OH) will be honored for his 24 years of dedicated service to
the Great Lakes region.  Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) will host the
tribute to Senator Glenn, who has served as chairman of the Senate
Great Lakes Task Force since its inception.  Other participants will
include Members of Congress and their staff, federal and state
officials, environmental advocates, directors of regional
organizations, and industry representatives.

     The reception will run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in 342 Dirksen
Senate Building.  Posters highlighting federal programs that benefit
the Great Lakes will be displayed at the reception.


GREAT LAKES CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST AND ISSUES BRIEFING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Great Lakes Commission on
Thursday, March 12, will co-sponsor the annual Great Lakes
Congressional Breakfast and Issues Briefing.  Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-
OH) and James Oberstar (D-MN) will begin the events by discussing
legislative, appropriations, and policy priorities of the Great Lakes
states.  The breakfast also will include a special tribute to Senator
John Glenn.

     After the breakfast, policy experts from the region will provide
a briefing on environmental protection and research priorities, Great
Lakes maritime priorities, and resource management priorities. 
Directors and senior staff from the Great Lakes Commission and
numerous other state, regional, and federal Great Lakes agencies and
organizations will be present to speak with congressional staff.

     The Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast will be held in B-339
Rayburn House Office Building from 8:00 to 9:30 am.  The Issues
Briefing will run from 10:00 am until noon in 2322 Rayburn.


SENATOR CARL LEVIN ELECTED NEW TASK FORCE CO-CHAIR
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     Senator Carl Levin has been elected by his colleagues to be the
new Democratic co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.  He will
replace Senator John Glenn upon the Ohio lawmaker's retirement at the
end of this year.

     Senator Levin has been a leader in Great Lakes environmental
policy thoughout his career on Capitol Hill.  He won enactment of many
important Great Lakes environmental laws, including the Great Lakes
Critical Programs Act in 1990; sections of the 1990 Clean Air Act
requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor air toxics
pollution in the Great Lakes, to establish monitoring stations on each
lake, and to require ongoing research; and legislation requiring
studies on the human health effects of eating Great Lakes fish
contaminated with pollution.


                    SENATE TRANSPORTATION PROPOSAL
    COMPARISON OF NET ISTEA II FY 1998-2003 AND ISTEA FY 1992-1997
                      (in thousands of dollars)
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                                       Percent       ISTEA     Percent
                      Net ISTEA II     of U.S.       6-Year    of U.S.
State or Region       6-Yr Average       Total      Average      Total
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U.S. Total              25,006,570     100.000   17,111,788    100.000

New England              1,422,574       5.689    1,514,326      8.850
  Connecticut              433,131       1.732      340,471      1.990
  Maine                    144,810       0.579       87,377      0.511
  Massachusetts            448,422       1.793      830,000      4.850
  New Hampshire            131,229       0.525       83,312      0.487
  Rhode Island             146,371       0.585       96,821      0.566
  Vermont                  118,611       0.474       76,345      0.446

Mid-Atlantic             3,350,386      13.398    2,550,266     14.904
  Delaware                 118,611       0.474       72,873      0.426
  Maryland                 380,276       1.521      296,446      1.732
  New Jersey               608,198       2.432      488,685      2.856
  New York               1,287,310       5.148      944,887      5.522
  Pennsylvania             955,991       3.823      747,375      4.368

Midwest                  4,287,076      17.144    2,923,773     17.086
  Illinois                 839,515       3.357      614,211      3.589
  Indiana                  613,832       2.455      393,602      2.300
  Iowa                     333,019       1.332      202,447      1.183
  Michigan                 796,124       3.184      495,498      2.896
  Minnesota                377,264       1.509      247,025      1.444
  Ohio                     868,890       3.475      630,685      3.686
  Wisconsin                458,432       1.833      340,305      1.989

South                    8,814,302      35.248    5,452,463     31.864
  Alabama                  503,967       2.015      304,559      1.780
  Arkansas                 335,644       1.342      207,437      1.212
  Florida                1,162,024       4.647      734,049      4.290
  Georgia                  884,735       3.538      520,222      3.040
  Kentucky                 437,783       1.751      267,345      1.562
  Louisiana                447,919       1.791      252,951      1.478
  Mississippi              318,294       1.273      197,220      1.153
  North Carolina           713,252       2.852      455,654      2.663
  Oklahoma                 397,706       1.590      245,760      1.436
  South Carolina           400,985       1.604      226,079      1.321
  Tennessee                571,143       2.284      359,150      2.099
  Texas                  1,737,323       6.947    1,130,379      6.606
  Virginia                 645,891       2.583      392,376      2.293
  West Virginia            257,636       1.030      159,282      0.931

West                     7,132,232      28.521    4,670,960     27.297
  Alaska                   312,932       1.251      212,564      1.242
  Arizona                  391,937       1.567      253,541      1.482
  California             2,308,905       9.233    1,613,207      9.427
  Colorado                 321,812       1.287      200,694      1.173
  Hawaii                   150,818       0.603      125,696      0.735
  Idaho                    206,939       0.828      113,709      0.665
  Kansas                   330,434       1.321      198,431      1.160
  Missouri                 600,512       2.401      381,416      2.229
  Montana                  267,506       1.070      158,942      0.929
  Nebraska                 211,902       0.847      138,599      0.810
  Nevada                   184,226       0.737      103,093      0.602
  New Mexico               264,982       1.060      176,885      1.034
  North Dakota             184,226       0.737      104,847      0.613
  Oregon                   324,966       1.300      205,604      1.202
  South Dakota             196,844       0.787      116,338      0.680
  Utah                     217,615       0.870      128,454      0.751
  Washington               463,879       1.855      326,942      1.911
  Wyoming                  191,797       0.767      111,998      0.655

SOURCE:  Northeast-Midwest staff calculations from Federal Highway
         Administration HFS-30, Technical Assistance for Senate
         Environment & Public Works, 2-Mar-98 (reflecting added funds
         apportioned by net ISTEA II percentage), and "Actual Fiscal
         Year 1992-1997 Federal Aid Highway Program Apportionments
         Under P.L. 102-240."  To allow state-by-state comparisons,
         funds for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are not
         included.


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