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Conyers' jumpstart for economy needs local push.

The Local Partnership Act (HR 3601) will be considered by The House Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Thursday, February 27, at 10:00 am. At that time the Subcommittee also will consider the anti-recession amendment proposed by House Government Operations Committee Chairman, John Conyers (D-Mich.), who is also the sponsor of the basic legislation.

Under the Conyers amendment a total of $15 billion would be made available during federal fiscal years 92 and 93 (October 1991 through September 1993) to cities, towns and counties. The funds would be distributed directly from the federal government to the local governments using a formula emphasizing local unemployment rates and local tax effort.

Strong support is required now from city officials particularly from those with Representatives on the subcommittee, unless the program is authorized or near-authorized at the time the budget committee does its work, expected in the next couple of weeks, it is unlikely that room will be created in the budget for such a program.

Members of the Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.), are: Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct), Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), William Zeliff (R-N.H.), David Hobson (R-Ohio) and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt).

All city officials should call now to express support for the bill and call their congressional delegation to have them find out how much money would flow to your city under the partnership bill. This will provide you with information on your own city as well as familiarizing your delegation with the program and your city's interest in the program. It is critical that these contacts also occur now as consideration by the full Government Operations Committee is expected to follow subcommittee consideration with little delay.

Funds provided by the amendment could be used for the following purposes: (1) to rehire workers, restore services or expand programs which have been overburdened by the recession (2) carry out programs related to education, public safety, health and social services or (3) to carry out activities mandated by federal law such as those required by the Water Pollution Control Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Because funds provided by the amendment are intended to provide an immediate stimulus to the economy they are required to be spent by October 31, 1993 and if not actually expended be returned to the Federal Treasury. Thus while construction would be permitted if it falls in the permitted categories it would have to be construction that could be entirely completed (not just contracted for) prior to October 31, 1993.

In addition to the $15 billion proposed by the amendment, the basic legislation would provide an additional $38 billion over the period of FY 94 - FY 97.
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Title Annotation:Local Partnership Act proposed by John Conyers needs support from local officials
Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 24, 1992
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