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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 March 2001



H E A D L I N E S

*  Electricity 101
*  Conservation Agriculture Programs
*  Great Lakes Restoration
*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership
*  Job Opening


BRIEFING "ELECTRICITY 101"
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     In light of the energy crisis in California and other
states, and in response to numerous questions from congressional
staff about the basics of electricity generation and regulation,
the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Tuesday, March 6, will
sponsor an "Electricity 101" tutorial.  The briefing offers a
basic introduction to the U.S. electricity system, describing its
evolution and recent trends, as well as defining common terms
(e.g., power reliability, the five nines, grid security, FERC,
PUHCA, and PURPA).

     The March 6 session will begin at 1:00 pm in room SC-4 of
the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACTS:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


LETTERS:  CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS
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     Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), and Patrick
Leahy (D-VT) are seeking signatures on a letter asking the Budget
Committee to increase significantly the baseline budget
allocation for the agriculture and natural resources functions.
The letter argues that the baseline should provide major
increases for conservation, research, and rural development, in
addition to traditional farm support programs, in order to give
Congress the greatest flexibility in developing new farm
programs.  A similar letter is being prepared in the House.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) and Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).


LETTER:  GREAT LAKES RESTORATION
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     Nineteen members of the House and Senate Great Lakes Task
Forces last week sent a letter to the Great Lakes governors
asking for their assistance in working with local stakeholders in
order to compile a list of restoration priorities for the Great
Lakes.

     There is increasing momentum in the region to create a Great
Lakes restoration package, similar in scale to the Everglades
initiative.  By working together to establish the region's future
goals, Task Force members hope Great Lakes advocates will be able
to determine the needed federal assistance.

     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
1211).


LETTER:  MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
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     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY),  Marty Meehan (D-MA), and James
Barcia (D-MI) are seeking signatures by March 9 on a letter
asking appropriators to provide $105 million in fiscal 2002 for
the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  Started in 1988
as a bipartisan initiative under former President George Bush,
MEP helps small and mid-size businesses connect with experts who
help them in a range of activities, from improving administrative
management to enhancing plant efficiency. 

     CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest
Congressional Coalition (226-9497).


JOB OPENING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a research-
legislative assistant to help legislative staff advance issues on
Capitol Hill.  The staffer will help circulate Dear Colleague
letters and arrange logistics for briefings.  In addition to such
administrative tasks, the research/legislative assistant will
help senior staff develop economic and environmental issues
important to the region.

     A detailed job description is posted at
http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.