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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 February 1999

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition onWednesday,
February 17, will host a briefing by state officials on the Low-Income
Weatherization Program and the State Energy Program (SEP).

     By reducing energy costs by an average of 20 percent,
Weatherization makes housing more affordable for the poor, elderly,
and disabled.  The SEP enables states to help schools, hospitals,
homeowners, and small busineses become more energy efficient.

     Speakers will be Brian Henson from the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority, Pat Meier from Wisconsin's
Division of Energy and Intergovernmental Relations, and Sara Ward from
Ohio's Department of Development.

     The February 17 briefing will run from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in room
HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).

     Staff for the Upper Mississippi River Task Force on Friday,
February 19, will gather to discuss plans for the 106th Congress.  They
will review appropriation priorities, legislative proposals and
opportunities, and briefing plans.

     The discussion will begin on February 19 at 2:00 pm in room 1324
of the Longworth House Office Building.

     CONTACT: Ted Illston at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200) or Ed Buckner with the Upper Mississippi River Task Force (225-

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Thursday, February 18, will
meet with representatives of the President's Council on Sustainable
Development (PCSD) to discuss PCSD's Town Meeting on smart growth,
scheduled for May 2-5 in Detroit, Michigan.

     The PCSD is a federal advisory committee charged with providing
consensus recommendations to the president on sustainable development. 
The panel's representatives will provide an overview of their efforts
and discuss options for congressional participation in the Town

     The briefing on February 18 will begin at 11:00 am in room 428 of
the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     Staff for the Senate Smart Growth Task Force also will meet
informally on February 24 to discuss activities during the 106thCongress.

     CONTACT: Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition