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NORTHEAST-MIDWEST WEEKLY UPDATE -- 4 MAY 1998



Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

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UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER TASK FORCE
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     Staff of the Upper Mississippi River Task Force on Monday, May 4,
will meet to discuss future activities, as well as to review current
legislation and issues of interest to the delegation.  The meeting
will begin at 2:00 pm in room 1216A of the Longworth House Office
Building.

     CONTACT:  Jeff Stein with Rep. Ron Kind (225-5506).


TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE
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     Eighteen members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition last
week requested reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance
program.  TAA was established by the Trade Act of 1974 to help U.S.
manufacturers that have lost jobs and sales due to imports.  The
program has been a unique economic development tool that enables
communities to retain jobs and expand employment opportunities.  TAA
as a trade remedy assists U.S. companies without creating artificial
trade barriers or impediments to the free flow of goods.

     Of the twelve regional trade adjustment centers, six are located
in the Northeast-Midwest:  Ann Arbor, MI; Boston; Trenton; Chicago;
Binghamton, NY; and Blue Bell, PA.
     
     CONTACT:  Geoffrey Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY
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     Twenty-six members of the Congressional Task Force on
Manufacturing last week asked the House Interior Appropriations
Subcommittee to support increased funding for the Department of
Energy's Office of Industrial Technology (OIT) and the Energy
Information Administration (EIA).

     OIT creates partnerships with industries to improve energy
efficiency and productivity, leveraging investments in technologies
that will sustain the nation's manufacturing base.  EIA collects and
publishes vital statistics on energy supply, inventories, and prices
** data that is crucial for many of the energy programs important to
the Northeast-Midwest region.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels with Rep. Bob Franks and the Northeast-
Midwest Congressional Coalition (225-5361).


WATER QUALITY AND POLLUTION PREVENTION
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     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is urging members to sign
a letter supporting water quality and pollution prevention
initiatives.  The letter, which will be sent during the first or
second week of May, asks appropriators to provide at least the
president's requested funding for the Clean Water State Revolving
Fund, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and the Pollution
Prevention State Grant Program.  The Northeast-Midwest region receives
about 56 percent of the clean water program funds, about 39 percent of
the drinking water program funds, and about 38 percent of the
pollution prevention program funds available to the states.

     CONTACT:  Geoffrey Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


LABOR MARKET INFORMATION
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     The Senate on Tuesday, May 5, will vote on the Workforce
Investment Partnership Act, which includes labor market information
(LMI) provisions advanced by members of the Northeast-Midwest
Coalitions.  The reforms would charter a comprehensive LMI system and
establish a governance process in which the federal government and the
states jointly plan LMI budgets and priorities.

     CONTACT:  Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


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Glenn Starnes
Systems Manager
Northeast-Midwest Institute
http://www.nemw.org/
gstarnes@nemw.org
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