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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 December 1998

Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>
     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing is circulating a letter to
the president requesting that the administration's fiscal 2000 budget
include the necessary funding to implement a permanent research and
development (R&D) tax credit.

     The Task Force, co-chaired by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and
Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), is hopeful that several substantive issues
will be addressed during the 106th Congress pertaining to a permanent,
effective R&D tax policy.  Specifically, the Task Force wants to:
ensure that the credit is more equitable; assure that the credit is
available to all R&D-performing firms, particularly those in research-
intensive industries; expand small business and start-up company
access to the credit; and enhance the credit as a means to encourage
research partnerships.

     The deadline for signature is noon on Friday, December 18.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

     The Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions on
Wednesday, December 16, will sponsor a luncheon briefing on sulfur in
gasoline.  Noting that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected
soon to announce a plan for reducing gasoline's sulfur content, the
session will feature presentations from industry, health, environment,
and government representatives.

     By poisoning the catalytic converters used to control emissions
in virtually all roadway vehicles, high levels of sulfur in gasoline
significantly increase tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx),
carbon dioxide (CO2), and hydrocarbons.  Noting a potential emissions
benefit, automakers, environmental groups, and state and local air
quality officials favor a low sulfur standard.

     Speakers will include: Greg Dana of the Association of
International Automotive Manufacturers, Blake Early of the American
Lung Association, Frank O'Donnell of the Clean Air Trust, Bill Becker
with the State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators,
and Kathryn Clay with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).

     The luncheon briefing will take place from 12:00 noon until 1:30
pm in room 192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy
analyst and a research assistant for a new, three-year project to
examine transportation, trade, and economic development opportunities
in the Upper Midwest.  Staff will review the region's potential for
trade development and estimate the adequacy of its transportation

     More detailed job descriptions are available on the Institute's
web site -- www.nemw.org.  Resumes can be faxed to 544-0043.