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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 December 2004







Weekly Update – 10 January 2005



·        Great Lakes Navigation Study

·        Farmers’ Markets

·        Gross State Products


Great Lakes Navigation Study  

The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces, led by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), are circulating a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting additional information about the Navigation Study.  The deadline for signing onto the letter is Thursday, Jan. 20th.  The contact is Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).

Farmers’ Markets


Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) is seeking additional cosponsors for HR 131, a bill to reform and increase funding for the Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).  Introduced on January 5, the bill would increase funding from the current level of $15 annually to $25 million in fiscal 2005, $50 million in fiscal 2006, and $75 million in fiscal 2007.  The SFMNP awards grants to states, territories, and tribal governments in order to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh, nutritious, and locally-produced goods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.  The program also benefits farmers by expanding direct marketing outlets and increasing domestic consumption of locally-produced fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products.  The contact is Roger Szemraj with Rep. Kaptur (202/225-4146).


Gross State Product

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has updated its gross state product tables to reflect the release of data for year 2002. The tables include total GSP, GSP by selected major sectors, and sectoral shares of state GSP totals. Tables on sectoral share include 11 of the 20 major sectors from the North American Industry Classification System. All tables include data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The tables can be accessed at http://www.nemw.org/data.htm#business.

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