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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- September 29, 2003



U.S. Manufacturing and International Trade

*  Beach Closings in the Great Lakes

*  LIHEAP Appropriations

*  Homeland Security Funding

*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership

*  Flow of Federal Funds





            The Senate Manufacturing Task Force on Monday, September 29, will host a briefing on important issues facing the domestic manufacturing sector in the global marketplace, including valuation of the dollar, the growing trade deficit, Foreign Sales Corporation/Extraterritorial Income, and recent U.S. trade agreements.  Participants include:

$                Bruce Stokes, International Economics Columnist, National Journal -- Moderator

$                Fred Bergsten, Institute for International Economics - Dollar Valuation and the World Economy

$                Gary Hufbauer, Institute for International Economics - FSC/ETI

$                Frank Vargo, National Association of Manufacturers - Perspective on U.S. Trade Policies and Manufacturing

$                Alan Tonelson, United States Business and Industry Council - Perspective on U.S. Trade Policies and Manufacturing

$                Lee Price, Economic Policy Institute – Another Perspective on Trade

            The September 29 event will begin at 10:00 am in the Small Business Committee Room (428A Russell Senate Office Building).

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





            The Great Lakes Task Forces on Tuesday, September 30, are sponsoring a briefing on swimming bans in the Great Lakes, what causes the beach restrictions, and what scientists are doing to predict future problems sooner. The EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Geological Survey, and City of Chicago will present information to interested staff at 10:00 a.m. in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

            Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).





            Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions are circulating letters that ask appropriation conferees to support the higher Senate mark for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The Senate Labor-HHS appropriations bill provides $2 billion for LIHEAP’s state grant program, while the House bill only offers $1.7 billion for that program and $100 million for the contingency fund. 

            Senate offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606), while House offices should contact Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).





            The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating a letter among House and Senate members to the Secretaries of Transportation and Homeland Security about their concern that the Great Lakes region has received only about 1 percent of the total grant funding for maritime security in the last two rounds of awards. Great Lakes states, according to the letter, must abide by the same security requirements as other regions and are disadvantaged by the past trend in granting awards. The letter’s signature deadline is Wednesday, October 8. 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211). 






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.  The Senate panel provided level funding.  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).





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 http://www.nemw.org/fedspend.htm#reports and look at the listings for “Annual Tables for Flow of Federal Funds to the States.”


More than half the northeastern and midwestern 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 relatively 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.  For more background about the flow of funds data, go to http://www.nemw.org/understand_fedspend.htm.


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