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GLIN==>> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 June 1999

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Tuesday, June 15, will
host a briefing by national business leaders and local government
officials on the economic impacts of unplanned urban and suburban
outgrowth and the strategies businesses are identifying to preserve
quality of life, improve access to labor, promote economic
development, and protect open space.

     Briefing participants will include representatives of Bank of
America, Better York, Redevelopment Research Partners, Electric Power
Research Institute, Sierra Business Council, Silicon Valley
Manufacturing Group, City of Chicago, and City of Portland.

     The session also will profile a new study, PROFILES OF BUSINESS
BENEFITS OF REDUCING SPRAWL, sponsored by the National Association of
Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).

     The June 15 briefing will be from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in room
406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Inga Freivalds at NALGEP (638-6254).

     Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), and Marty
Meehan (D-MA) last week asked the General Accounting Office to
investigate charges of possible wrongdoing that have been made
against the Tennessee Valley Authority's chairman and inspector
general.  Newspapers in the Tennessee Valley recently have reported
allegations from the inspector general that TVA management is
interfering with that office's independent investigations of the
agency.  TVA management has responded with allegations that the
inspector general's official expenses are suspect.

     The members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition are
asking GAO to discover if TVA management in any way interfered with
the inspector general's operations.  They also want GAO to
investigate newspaper reports that TVA is paying for substantial
golfing and liquor expenses associated with employees and clients.

     CONTACT:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on
Monday, June 14, will lead a group of 73 lawmakers asking the Ways
and Means Committee to reauthorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance
(TAA) program for five years past its June 30, 1999, expiration date. 
The letter goes on to ask that if a five-year extension is not
possible at this time, that the program's authorization should be
extended through the end of this year, while further long-term
programmatic issues are addressed.

     On the Senate side, Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Charles
Grassley (R-IA), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), and Jeff Bingaman
(D-NM) this week will introduce legislation providing for a two-year
reauthorization in order to continue the availability of funds for
workers and companies adversely affected by increased imports.

     TAA was authorized by the Trade Act of 1974 to provide
assistance to manufacturers that can show loss of jobs and revenue as
a result of trade.  It is the only federal trade program that helps
companies damaged by opening markets.

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