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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 December 2002



* Tables: Flow of Federal Funds

* Briefing: Distributed Energy

* Letter: Clean Water Funding

* Letter: Manufacturing Extension Partnership





The Northeast-Midwest Institute has posted new web-site tables showing state and regional data regarding federal tax burden and return on federal tax dollar for fiscal 2001.  To view the tables, go to http://www.nemw.org/fedspend.htm#reports, and look for the yellow "new" icons. Other data tables on federal spending for fiscal 2001are also available on this page.


Most northeastern and midwestern states contribute more in taxes to the federal government than they receive back in federal spending, which means the Northeast-Midwest region subsidizes federal spending in the rest of the country. The factors driving the Northeast-Midwest's low return on federal tax dollar vary within the region.  In the Northeast, higher than average per-capita federal taxation yields a low return on tax dollar even for states that enjoy above average levels of federal spending.  The low return in the Midwest stems from relatively low levels of federal spending.


Contact: Matt Kane of the Northeast-Midwest Institute at (651) 297-2406.





The Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions on Monday, December 9, will host a seminar at the National Association of Manufacturers on distributed energy systems.  The session will review industrial opportunities and present new analytical work performed for the U.S. Department of Energy.


Distributed energy (engines, microturbines, fuel cells, wind power, and photovoltaic systems) -- when combined with advanced information technology -- improve the efficiency, environmental performance, and reliability of the nation’s power generation, while reducing its vulnerability to terrorism and other disruptions.


Speaking will be Neal Elliott, a senior associate and industry program director with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); and Peter Molinaro, director of government affairs at the Dow Chemical Company.


The December 9 event will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the National Association of Manufacturers (1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 6th floor).


Contact: Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).





Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and George Voinovich (R-OH) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks President Bush to provide $5.2 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water Revolving Fund.  Despite important progress over the last three decades, more than 40 percent of our nation's lakes, rivers, and streams are still too impaired for fishing or swimming.  Discharges from aging and failing sewerage systems, urban storm water, and other sources continue to pose serious threats to our nation's waters, endangering not only public health, but fishing and recreation industries.  EPA recently found a $535 billion gap between current spending and projected needs for water and wastewater infrastructure over the next 20 years if additional investments are not made.  The deadline for signatures is December 6.


Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).





Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) are seeking signatures on letters asking the Office of Management and Budget director to provide $100 million in the administration's fiscal 2004 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  The MEP helps small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize in order to compete in the demanding global marketplace.  Manufacturing drove the economy’s growth in the 1990s, and small manufacturers are the engines that increase productivity.  Without MEP assistance, many of these manufacturers may not survive, causing a direct impact on homeland security and the war on terrorism.  Many makers of components and spare parts for large military contractors have left the marketplace or are ill-prepared to respond to swift increases in orders as a result of more defense spending.  Signatures are due by December 5.


Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606) and Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).