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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 June 2004



Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 14 June 2004

            Headlines

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Brownfield Legislative Update

·        Base Closings and Military Presence in the Northeast and Midwest

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Herbert Kohl (D-WI) have filed an amendment to the defense authorization bill regarding the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  SA3355 does two things.  First, it permits the Secretary of Commerce to use funds from the working capital fund to cover rents, utilities, and information technology payments for the MEP centers. This provision would authorize the secretary to use funds currently available in this fiscal year to help MEPs with the specified expenses. Second, the amendment clarifies that, for any reprogramming and transferring purposes, the total Industrial Technology Services budget shall be the base for reprogramming and transfer. Since the limit on reprogramming is 10 percent of the base, this provision means that $21.8 million could be reprogrammed to MEP for fiscal 2004.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

 

BROWNFIELD LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has published a summary of recent federal legislative activity associated with brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.  After summarizing the status of brownfield-related appropriations for fiscal 2004 and the president's budget request for fiscal 2005, the update lays out pending Senate and House brownfield-related proposals in four categories:  HUD-related, EDA-related, tax-incentive focused, and petroleum-related.   Click here to read the new report.

 

 

BASE CLOSINGS AND MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE NORTHEAST-MIDWEST

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The Northeast and Midwest stand out as the nation’s least guarded regions at a time when military concerns increasingly focus on homeland defense and as the U.S. Defense Department prepares to significantly reduce its installations on home soil.  A full report on base closings and military presence in the Northeast-Midwest -- complete with detailed state-level data on Defense Department personnel, current Defense Department facilities, and major sites closed as a result of prior recommendations from Base Realignment and Closure Commissions -- is available to paying members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions and to states that support the Institute.  Click here to read a summary of that report.