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Small States Get Bigger Share of Funds

New York and California received the biggest shares of the first $3 billion in federal funding for homeland security, but the government’s distribution formulas also made winners of Wyoming, Alaska and Vermont, an Associated Press analysis shows. Big states mentioned as possible terrorist targets are leading the money chase. New York has received the most, about $321 million. California ranks second with $304 million, followed by Texas at $183 million. But 12 states bested New York on a per capita basis, the AP tally showed. The $17.7 million sent to Wyoming worked out to nearly $36 per person, the most of any state. New York, by comparison, got nearly $17 per person, California $9. Less populated states have done well, per capita, because the federal government has divided significant portions of the money into equal pieces for distribution to all states. Full Story

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