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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 April 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Briefing:  Manufacturing and International Research

* Letter:  Brownfield Appropriations

* Legislation:  Homeownership

* Report:  Brownfield Legislative Update

 

 

BRIEFING:  MANUFACTURING AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH

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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems on Wednesday, April 16, will host a briefing on revitalizing domestic manufacturing through international research.  More than 300 companies and 200 research institutions in countries around the world are involved in a process of controlled information diffusion that protects and equitably allocates any intellectual property.  The briefing will describe these efforts, as well as highlight opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to enhance international relationships, expand their global presence, and share in the development of R&D.

 

The April 16 briefing will begin at 10:30 am in 1116 Longworth House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

LETTER:  BROWNFIELD APPROPRIATIONS

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is seeking signatures on a letter requesting appropriations for brownfield programs at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The letter seeks full funding for the EPA brownfield programs as authorized by the Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002. It also supports HUD's Brownfield Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) program, which was zeroed out in the president's fiscal 2004 budget proposal.  The signature deadline is Monday, April 14.

 

Contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

LEGISLATION:  HOMEOWNERSHIP

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Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) are seeking cosponsors for the Homeownership Tax Credit Act, a bipartisan bill that authorizes a one-time credit of up to $3,000 for individuals and $6,000 for married couples.  The taxpayer either could claim the credit in the year after he or she buys a first home, or the taxpayer could transfer the credit directly to a lender at closing in order to help with the downpayment or closing costs.

 

Contact:  Mat Young with Senator Stabenow (202/224-4822).

 

 

REPORT:  BROWNFIELD LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently released a review of federal legislative proposals to help clean and redevelop brownfields.  The publication summarizes the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, bills from the 107th Congress, as will as legislation that have been reintroduced in the 108th Congress.  The report is available in PDF form at http://www.nemw.org/BF107legis.pdf.

 

Contact:  Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).