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Weekly Update 18 July 2005




·         Gross State Product and Employment By Sector – Tables

·         Farmers’ Markets – Report

·         Clean Water State Revolving Fund – Letter

·         Asian Carp – Legislation

·         Ecosystem Assessment – Briefing

·         Manufacturing R&D Benchmarks – Briefing

Gross State Product and Employment by Sector – Tables


The Northeast-Midwest Institute has updated state-by-state web tables on gross state product (GSP) and employment.  Tables for the latest gross state product data, from 2003, show state totals, levels for all 20 major sectors, and each sector’s share of total GSP.  GSP tables can be accessed at http://www.nemw.org/data.htm#business.  Tables for the latest annual employment data, from 2004, show state totals and levels for eight major sectors, as well as sectoral shares of total employment in 2004 and the percentage change in employment by sector from 1994-2004.  Tables for non-farm employment by state can be accessed at http://www.nemw.org/data.htm#employ.  



Farmers’ Markets – Report

A new report by the Northeast-Midwest Institute reviews the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program's (SFMNP's) legislative history and the USDA's proposed rule, the comment period for which ends July 25, 2005.  The report assesses the potential impact of these changes on existing state programs and provides recommendations that would ensure continued flexibility and innovation in program implementation.  Click here to read the report.  Contact: Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4015).



Clean Water State Revolving Fund – Letter


Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, are inviting members to sign a letter urging House conferees to accept the Senate-passed funding level of $1.1 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) in the Interior Appropriations Conference Agreement for fiscal 2006.  The House-passed level of $850 million, which represents a 22-percent reduction, would have a devastating impact on the ability of states and communities to upgrade their wastewater infrastructure and meet Clean Water Act requirements.  The letter’s signature deadline is COB, July 19th.  Contact: Lisa Mark at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202-226-5181).



Asian Carp – Legislation


Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) and seven other members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force introduced the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act, companion legislation to H.R. 3049 that was introduced by Rep. Mark Green (R-WI). These bills would amend the Lacey Act to list three species of Asian carp as injurious wildlife and would prohibit the interstate transport of live Asian carp.  The bills are designed to decrease the risk of an intentional introduction of Asian carp into the Great Lakes or waters that connect with the Great Lakes.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).



Ecosystem Assessment – Briefing


Environmental and business leaders on Tuesday, July 19, will discuss the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the largest scientific review of the condition and trends of Earth’s environmental systems that provide water, food, timber, fiber and other services.  Speaking will be Steve Percy, former CEO of BP North America, and Jonathan Lash, president of World Resources Institute.  The July 19 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.


Manufacturing R&D Benchmarks – Briefing


The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Monday, July 25, will host a briefing on manufacturing research and development.  Details on speakers will be forthcoming.  The July 25 session will begin at 2:00 pm in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.  Contact:  Lisa Mark at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).



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