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Ridge Says $700 Million Available to California

California’s local governments may be complaining that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts will hurt public safety but U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Wednesday that $700 million in federal dollars is there for the asking. At a meeting in Los Angeles, Ridge and the governor discussed speeding the flow of federal funds to cash-strapped city and county governments facing cuts to emergency services because of the state’s budget woes. The League of California Cities has strongly criticized a proposal in Schwarzenegger’s budget that shifts $1.3 billion in local property taxes to the state’s coffers to help close an $18 billion deficit. Full Story

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