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KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $16,672.77

Average cost per trip - $1,852.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 341 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - East Tennessee Economic Council
Dates - June 16, 2000 - June 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Knoxville, TN

Purpose - informational-tour of oak ridge nat'l laboratory
Notes -

Travel Cost - $803.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $813.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Dates - August 12, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Traverse City, MI

Purpose - MAB Annual Conference-Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Allstate
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speech and tour
Notes - spouse, Sandie

Travel Cost - $1,100.52
Lodging Cost - $168.95
Meal Cost - $128.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,397.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 2, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.17
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Baltic American Freedom League
Dates - March 25, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - keynote speaker to accept Baltic freedom award
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $202.92
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $908.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Sandie Knollenberg

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes - other expenses include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $631.00
Lodging Cost - $290.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $163.40
Total Cost - $1,084.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Sandie Knollenberg accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,535.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - IAD - Budapest / Budapest - IAD (Dulles - Budapest - Dulles) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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