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GLIN==>> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 28 June 1999

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, June 28, is
facilitating a conference in Oakland, California, on financing
manufacturing efficiency.  The event will feature manufacturers
discussing the benefits of investing in efficiency and productivity. 
Representatives from banks and other financing institutions will
describe how manufacturers can pay for innovative technologies.

     A toolbook prepared for the conference explains the advantages
and disadvantages of alternative financing options, and it offers
detailed case studies of successful efficiency projects.  The toolbook
also explains the ins and outs of dealing with financing institutions. 

     The conference is hosted by the Department of Energy's Office of
Industrial Technologies and the California Energy Commission. 

     CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Several Northeast-Midwest senators last week were successful in
repealing the Section 110 automated entry-exit system implemented by
the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of
1996.  That system threatened to slow the flow of people and trade
between the U.S. and Canada.

     Senators Spencer Abraham (R-MI), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Rod Grams
(R-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jim Jeffords (R-VT) included
language repealing Section 110 in the manager's amendment to the State
Department Authorization bill.  A repeal of Section 110 also is
contained in the Senate Commerce, Justice, State appropriations bill,
which is pending floor action in the Senate.  Since no similar
legislative language is included in the House version of the State
Department Authorization bill, this issue will be decided in

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

     The Senate Finance Committee last week passed the Trade
Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reauthorization Act.  The legislation
reauthorizes through September 30, 2001, three TAA programs that
provide assistance to individual workers and firms adversely affected
by import competition.

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

     The House last week approved the transportation appropriations
bill which includes the following transit grants (TEA 21 +
appropriations) to northeastern and midwestern states.  

                Fiscal 1999   Fiscal 2000

Connecticut     $42,402,264   $46,138,151
Delaware         $6,025,228    $6,547,052
Illinois       $185,459,759  $201,828,803
Indiana         $35,022,810   $38,113,283
Iowa            $12,713,669   $13,831,239
Maine            $4,171,810    $4,531,932
Maryland        $67,137,639   $73,056,816
Massachusetts  $101,486,328  $110,439,312
Michigan        $60,856,813   $66,234,404
Minnesota       $30,529,252   $33,220,456
New Hampshire    $4,612,959    $5,011,112
New Jersey     $152,374,180  $165,817,692
New York       $455,007,983  $495,163,300
Ohio            $83,186,372   $90,538,139
Pennsylvania   $135,165,243  $147,106,204
Rhode Island     $8,535,202    $9,279,593
Vermont          $1,865,761    $2,020,549
Wisconsin       $36,025,601   $39,203,160