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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 29 November 1999



REPORT:  FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO THE STATES
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      Despite small improvements in several states, the Northeast-
Midwest's long saga of regional inequity in patterns of federal
spending and taxation continued in fiscal 1998, when the region's
return on every tax dollar sent to Washington was only $0.88,
according to FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO THE STATES: FISCAL 1998, which
the Northeast-Midwest Institute will release on Wednesday, December
1.
      Low levels of federal spending, particularly in the Midwest,
combined with above-national-average levels of taxation throughout
the Northeast-Midwest, produced a return on tax dollars for the
region that increased by only one cent from 1997.  In contrast, the
South received back $1.17 and the West received $1.02, continuing the
long-standing pattern in which the Northeast-Midwest subsidizes the
rest of the country.

      The Institute's report analyzes federal spending patterns in the
Northeast-Midwest and other regions of the country, and includes data
tables for all 50 states.  Eighteen state-specific reports, also to
be released on Wednesday, give further details for northeastern and
midwestern states.

      CONTACT:  Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BRIEFING:  TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (TMDLS)
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, December 1, will
sponsor a briefing on how the TMDL process is being used to evaluate
and address nonpoint source pollution.  Directors from several river
basin commissions will provide a brief history of the TMDLs,
including recent lawsuits and state actions to conduct TMDLs.  Also
to be discussed is how TMDLs affect interstate water bodies.  The
briefing will begin at 10 am in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


BRIEFING:  WINTER ENERGY PRICES
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      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, December 1, will
sponsor a luncheon briefing on the latest forecast for winter energy
prices and the need for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP).  The briefing, cosponsored by the American Gas Association,
will run from noon until 1:30 pm in B-354 of the Rayburn House Office
Building.

      Speaking will be representatives of the Energy Information
Administration, Rhode Island State Energy Office, and Utility
Emergency Services Funds.

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


BRIEFING:  IMPROVING THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY'S EFFICIENCY
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      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Thursday, December 2, will
host a briefing on why the U.S. electricity industry's efficiency has
stagnated over recent decades and how we can take advantage of
innovative technologies.  Fortunately, the U.S. electric power
industry could be on the verge of an enormous transformation.  If
federal policies to advance innovation are implemented correctly, the
variety of energy technologies and configurations will explode,
productivity will increase, and emissions will decrease dramatically.

      At the briefing, Tina Kaarsberg, senior scientist at the
Northeast-Midwest Institute, will draw from a new Northeast-Midwest
report:  THE CLEAN AIR-INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY LINK:  ENHANCING
EFFICIENCY IN THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY.  Brent Alderfer, former
commissioner with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, will
discuss his upcoming study on barriers confronted by distributed
power installations.  The briefing on December 2 will be from 10:00
am until 11:00 am in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

      CONTACT:  Tina Kaarsberg at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


FORUM:  INVASIVE SPECIES
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday and Friday, December
2-3, will host a forum on the National Invasive Species Act (NISA)
ballast management program.  The meeting's objective is to identify
ways that states, federal agencies, industry, and other interest
groups can add value to the Coast Guard's new national ballast
management program.

      The forum, done in collaboration with the Aquatic Nuisance
Species Task Force, will include about 30 invited representatives
from federal agencies, states, industry, and resource protection
groups from across the country.  A paper summarizing the session's
findings will be available on the Institute's web site.

      CONTACT:  Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


PRESENTATIONS:  BROWNFIELD REUSE
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      Elizabeth Collaton on Friday, December 3, will speak at
"Midwestern Cities:  Resurgence in the Rustbelt?" a conference
sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago; she will discuss
"Sustainable Communities in the Midwest:  Integrating the Economy and
the Environment."  ... Charles Bartsch on December 3 will be in
Dallas for Brownfields '99, an annual conference that the Northeast-
Midwest Institute is co-sponsoring; he will participate on several
financing panels.


NEW STAFF
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute is pleased to welcome the
following four staffers.  Susan Freedman, recently with the Alliance
to Save Energy's Building Codes Assistance Project, is a policy
analyst with the Institute's energy efficiency team.  Cynthia Sibrel,
recently with the Ohio Sierra Club's smart growth program, is a
policy analyst with the Institute's brownfield/smart growth team.
Bridget Dorfman, recently an Institute administrative assistant, is a
research assistant with the brownfield/smart growth team.  Rachel
Eaton, a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire, is the
Institute's new administrative assistant.

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