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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 8 September 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Briefing:  The Electrical Grid and the Blackout of 2003

* Letter:  Manufacturing Extension Partnership

* Flow of Federal Funds Annual Update

* Forum:  Contaminated Sediment Cleanup

 

 

BRIEFING:  THE ELECTRICAL GRID AND THE

BLACKOUT OF 2003 -- EXPLANATIONS & SOLUTIONS

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Monday, September 8, will host a briefing on the recent blackout that darkened northeast and midwest communities.  The session will describe how the grid works, government regulations, problems with the current system, and recommendations for the future.  Speaking will be senior representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the PJM Interconnection Association (a regional transmission organization serving Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of the Columbia), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

 

The September 8 event will begin at 10:00 am in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room).

 

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

 

 

LETTER:  MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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The House Manufacturing Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), is circulating a letter to yet-to-be-named conferees seeking restored funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  The House Commerce-Justice-State appropriation bill slashed the MEP budget by more than 60 percent, from $106.6 million in fiscal 2003.  As a public-private partnership, MEP's 60 centers provide valuable technical assistance and business support services to small manufacturers.

 

House offices wanting to sign the letter should contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS ANNUAL UPDATE

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has posted updated web-site tables regarding the flow of federal funds to the states in fiscal 2002. To view the tables, go to and look at the listings for "Annual Tables for Flow of Federal Funds to the States."

 

More than half the northeast and midwest states contribute more in taxes to the federal government than they receive back in federal spending.  In the Northeast as a whole, higher-than-average per-capita federal taxation yields a low return on tax dollar even for some states that enjoy above-average levels of federal spending.  In the Midwest, the low return on federal tax dollar stems primarily from low levels of federal spending.  The factors that influence federal spending include demographics, economic well-being, industry mix, and the location of federal facilities and workers.  Click here for more background information on the flow of funds data.

 

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

 

 

FORUM:  CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT CLEANUP

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute on September 22 will sponsor a public forum to inform homeowners of the Waukegan and greater Lake County community about the economic benefits of contaminated sediment cleanup in Waukegan Harbor.  Speakers will be Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Waukegan Mayor Richard Hyde, Thomas Skinner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. John Braden from the University of Illinois, Susie Schreiber of the Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Group, and David Ullrich of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative.  The September 22 event will be held at the College of Lake County, Lakeshore Campus Conference Center, 111 North Genesee Street, Waukegan, Illinois, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Contact:  Nicole Mays at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).  Click here for more information about the forum.