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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 March 1999

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

     The Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute on
Wednesday, March 17, will host the annual Great Lakes Congressional
Breakfast and Issues Briefing.  This year's speakers at the breakfast
will be Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-MI).  The
subsequent briefing for congressional staff will feature region-based
experts discussing Great Lakes priorities, including environmental
protection and research, maritime issues, and resource management.

     The Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast on Wednesday, March 17,
will run from 8:00 am to 9:30 am in room B-339 of the Rayburn House
Office Building.  The Issues Briefing will be from 10:00 am until
12:00 pm in room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-6221).

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Wednesday, March 17, will
host a briefing on smart growth efforts in Utah.  Robert Grow,
chairman of Envision Utah, will discuss the non-partisan, community
partnership that is working to help residents of the Greater Wasatch
Area form a long-term vision that will preserve Utah's quality of
life.  Mr. Grow will review the  process used to help the community
make long-term decisions about its future growth patterns.
The session will begin on Wednesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm, in room 430
of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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

     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY), Joe Moakley (D-MA), Phil English (R-PA)
and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) this week will circulate a dear colleague
letter seeking appropriations for the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Specifically, the letter requests $1.3
billion in regular funding for LIHEAP in fiscal year 2000, $200
million above the administration's request, along with $300 million in
emergency funds.

     LIHEAP makes grants to states and Indian tribes to aid low- and
fixed-income households with high energy costs through payments to
eligible households and energy suppliers.  The grant program is
particularly important to the Northeast-Midwest region whose eligible
low-income residents pay the nation's highest costs to heat their
homes.  The region receives about 64 percent of regular LIHEAP funds.
Members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition next week will be
circulating a similar letter.  That letter will request $1.2 billion
in regular funding for LIHEAP in fiscal 2000 and $1.3 billion in
advance funding.

     CONTACTS:  Erin Pierce with Rep. Jack Quinn (225-3306), Tim
Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (225-5361),
and Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     Nineteen members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition
last week encouraged their colleagues to support fiscal 2000
appropriations for brownfield reuse programs.  The letter pays
particular attention to brownfield initiatives by the Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The letter notes:  "States are designing programs to protect the
economic, cultural, and environmental vitality of our great cities,
and we believe Congress should continue to support these productive

     A similar letter last week was sent to Senate appropriators by a
dozen members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition.  The effort
was spearheaded by Sens. Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

     CONTACTS:  Tim Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361) and Cameron Taylor with the Northeast-Midwest
Senate Coalition (224-0606).

     The GREEN SCISSORS '99 REPORT, released recently by a coalition
of environmental and taxpayer groups, proposes that Congress "unplug
the subsidies" to the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs).  It
argues that "PMAs are a costly, unnecessary government agency standing
between consumers and electricity."  The report also declares, "By
selling electricity at below market rates, PMAs encourage customers to
waste electricity and the resources that produce that electricity."

     The Green Scissors '99 report notes that legislation introduced
last year by Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty Meehan (D-MA),
co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, would
"reform marketing practices, eliminate taxpayer subsidies, and provide
money for environmental protection."  Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-NY) recently introduced that measure, the Power Marketing
Administration Reform Act (S. 161), in the Senate.

     CONTACTS:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200) or Eric Espenhorst with Friends of the Earth

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a research assistant
to help senior staff advance programs and policies associated with
ecosystem management.  The research assistant will pay particular
attention to Great Lakes, water quality, and invasive species issues. 
The position will include both project support as well as program
development work.

     The annual salary will be in the mid-20's, plus benefits. 
Applicants are encouraged to fax or e-mail a resume and writing sample
to Allegra Cangelosi at 202/544-0043 or by email to acangelo@nemw.org.