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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 22 November 2004

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS FINALE
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Congress this past weekend approved omnibus legislation that provides appropriations for most federal programs.  Among the highlights, lawmakers approved $109 million (up from $39 million) for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and $1.9 billion (up from $1.8 billion) in regular appropriations and $300 million (up from $99.4 million) for emergency spending associated with LIHEAP.  Click here for updates on key regional programs.  Click here for charts on Great Lakes appropriations.

 

 

ALGAL BLOOMS AND HYPOXIA
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The House and Senate passed the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Amendments Act (S. 3014) which modified H.R. 1856, sponsored by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).  The legislation specifically includes the
Great Lakes as part of the federal research program for causes and solutions on hypoxia and harmful algal blooms, and it authorizes $1 million for research in the Great Lakes and other fresh waters.  Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

GREAT LAKES DRILLING MORATORIUM
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The Omnibus Appropriations bill contains language extending the moratorium on issuing new oil and gas slant drilling permits in the Great Lakes.  The moratorium expires at the end of fiscal 2007.  Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

ECONOMIC REVIEW
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Click here to read the fall 2004 issue of the Northeast-Midwest Economic Review.   Dick Munson examines innovative electric technologies that are transforming the power industry.  Matt Kane explores the public-sector role in economic development.  Charles Bartsch reviews how states are meeting the multiple challenges and common objectives of brownfield reuse.

 

 

PUBLIC-SECTOR ROLE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released a new report entitled Public-Sector Economic Development:  Concepts and Approaches.  The document offers a framework for local, regional, and state policymakers to use as they assess economic development prospects.  The report is available at www.nemw.org/econdevelopment.pdf.