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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 28 April 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Conference:  Combined Heat and Power

* Briefing:  Great Lakes Transportation

* Report:  Bonneville's Mismanagement Has Caused Current Fiscal Crisis

* Letter:  Lead Hazard Control

* Legislation:  Homeownership

* Job Opening:  Great Lakes Cities Initiative

 

 

CONFERENCE:  COMBINED HEAT AND POWER

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The U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association's fourth annual Policy Day is Thursday, May 1, at the Hotel Washington.  A congressional reception that evening, with free food and drinks, will run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in room 340 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  A tour of the General Services Administration's cogeneration facility -- which supplies electricity, heat, and cooling to the Smithsonian buildings and the Department of Energy -- is scheduled for Friday morning, May 2.  The conference's full agenda is available at:  http://www.nemw.org/uschpa/PolicyDay03Agenda041603.pdf.

 

Contacts:  Suzanne Watson or Susan Freedman at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES TRANSPORTATION

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The Great Lakes Task Forces on Friday, May 2, will host an introductory briefing on commercial navigation in the Great Lakes.  Speakers will represent the key stakeholders in the region's shipping industry, including the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Commission, Great Lakes Shipping Association, Lake Carriers Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Wildlife Federation.  The May 2 briefing will begin at 11:00 am in room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex of the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

REPORT:  BONNEVILLE'S MISMANAGEMENT

HAS CAUSED CURRENT FISCAL CRISIS

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The Bonneville Power Administration’s own miscalculations and mismanagement have caused the agency’s current financial woes, according to a new report by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Published a week after BPA executives issued their own report that largely blames the weather and unpredictable energy markets for BPA’s budget deficits, the Institute’s analysis concludes that Bonneville's poor business decisions are caused by the agency's lack of accountability.

 

After accounting for taxpayer bailouts and debt restructuring, Bonneville has lost more than $1 billion in the last two years, and it estimates a "financial gap" in the next four years of another $1.2 billion.  Never has the need for restructuring been more clear, according to the Institute’s new report, a copy of which can be downloaded at http://www.nemw.org/bonnevillecrisis.pdf.

Contact:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

LETTER:  LEAD HAZARD CONTROL

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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on a letter asking appropriators to provide $225 million in fiscal 2004 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's lead hazard control grant program.

 

Contact:  Ben Olinsky with Senator Reed (202/224-4642).

 

 

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).

 

 

JOB OPENING:  GREAT LAKES CITIES INITIATIVE

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The newly-formed Great Lakes Cities Initiative is looking for a project director.  Based in Chicago, chaired by Mayor Richard Daley, supported by the Joyce Foundation, and sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, the Great Lakes Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of municipal leaders that seeks to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The project director will work with the region's mayors to secure a strong and meaningful role for cities in the development and implementation of Great Lakes programs and policies at the state, provincial, regional, and national levels.  A detailed job description is available at http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.