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First responder funding upped

The Homeland Security Department, criticized for not spending enough money on first responders, announced April 8 that it is earmarking an additional $100 million from the fiscal 2003 budget to help local governments fight terrorism. The latest infusion of money is in addition to the $566 million that the Office for Domestic Preparedness provided last month to meet such first responder needs as equipment, training, planning and exercises. The funds come in the wake of criticism from state and local government officials, already strapped by tight budgets, that the federal government was not providing enough help in the fight against terrorism. A recent survey by the nation’s mayors found that U.S. cities are spending about $70 million a week on additional homeland security measures. Full Story

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