Thursday, June 01, 2006

Arkansas Homeland Security Funds Cut in Half

Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued awards for its Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) - giving states and urban areas funding to prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Unfortunately, Arkansas' share of the funding dropped by 49% from $21.6 million in 2005 to $10.9 million for 2006. Only Wyoming, Minnesota, and Mississippi experienced equal or greater cuts under the comprehensive homeland security grant program.

It is deeply troubling that the Administration in Washington is putting critical security programs on the chopping block to finance billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. While I recognize the need to make tough decisions during difficult fiscal times, we need to make the right decisions. And I can assure you, sacrificing our safety is not a decision most Americans feel comfortable with.

Click here to read the full press release.