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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 4 June 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Legislation:  Brownfield Cleanup and Reuse
*  Letter:  Conservation and the Farm Bill
*  Legislation:  Energy Efficiency and Schools
*  Grant:  Agriculture Policy Program


LEGISLATION:  BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AND REUSE
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     Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition this
week will introduce legislation to help finance the cleanup and
redevelopment of brownfields.  The bill advanced by Reps. Jack Quinn
(R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) would fine tune several existing
federal program efforts at the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), Economic Development Administration, and Small
Business Administration and establish new tax incentives.

     At HUD, for instance, the bill would "decouple" the Brownfield
Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) from Section 108 loan
guarantees, as well as allow cities to obtain Section 108 guarantees
for brownfield purposes without requiring them to pledge their future
block grant funding as collateral.  The bill also establishes a
cleanup tax credit of up to $50,000; tax exemption for up to $100,000
in interest earned by lenders on brownfield projects; and a
"Brownfield IRA" that would allow site owners to accumulate cash tax-
free for future site assessment and cleanup.

     CONTACTS:  Charlie Bartsch with the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200) or Olwen Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).


LETTER:  CONSERVATION AND THE FARM BILL
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     Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Wayne
Gilchrest (R-MD), and Rick Larson (D-WA) are circulating a letter
urging the House Agriculture Committee to make conservation a priority
in the next farm bill.  The deadline for signature is June 13.

     CONTACTS:  Laura Cimo with Rep. Kind (226-8125) or Mark Abdy with
Rep. Boehlert (225-0581).


LEGISLATION:  ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SCHOOLS
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     Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) is seeking cosponsors for
the Healthy and High Performance Schools Act.  The legislation would
help schools become more energy efficient.

     CONTACT:  Christine Sansevero with Sen. Clinton (224-1399).


GRANT:  AGRICULTURE POLICY PROGRAM
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     The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has approved a grant to advance the
Northeast-Midwest Institute's Agriculture Policy Program.  The project
will provide an array of briefings, reports, and other materials on
opportunities to promote a more sustainable future for agricultural
activity and food production in the United States.

     The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to "help
people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge
and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future
generations."  To achieve the greatest impact, the foundation targets
its grants toward specific focal points or areas, including health;
food systems and rural development; youth and education, and higher
education; and philanthropy and volunteerism.

     CONTACT:  Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).