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Weekly Update – 7 February 2005



·        Regional Review of the President’s Fiscal 2006 Budget  

·        LIHEAP Funding

·        Great Lakes Newsletters  


Regional Review of the President’s Fiscal 2006 Budget


The Northeast-Midwest groups on Monday, February 7, will provide a regional analysis of President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget proposal.  The report will be distributed via email by 3:30 pm to members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions, officials with states that support the Institute, and regional reporters.  While the document will examine federal programs affecting the Northeast and Midwest, it will include only very limited state-specific information and no local analysis.  Contact:  Matt Kane with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (612/825-0443).


LIHEAP Funding 

In response to appeals from the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, the administration last week released an additional $100 million in emergency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Participating in a press conference with consumer advocates and utility representatives, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Mark Dayton (D-MN), James Jeffords (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) noted LIHEAP’s importance because of high energy prices and cold weather.  An additional $100 million in emergency funding is still available for the administration to release.  Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


Lakes Newsletters


The January 2005 issue of the Great Lakes Congressional Report can be found at http://www.nemw.org/glcr0105.pdf.  The first issue of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative’s quarterly newsletter can be found at http://www.nemw.org/glci/glci0105.pdf.


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