SLC Mayor Blasts Homeland Security

SLC Mayor Blasts Homeland Security

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Salt Lake City's mayor attacks Homeland Security saying the program has been a "disaster."

Yesterday, Mayor Rocky Anderson told Department of Homeland Security officials the program is hurting cities like Salt Lake. He said the city has received fewer and fewer dollars for responders and law enforcement.

Anderson said the state is partly to blame for the decrease in dollars. He says the state "skims off" as much as 20-percent of the dwindling resources for programs and administration.

For years, mayors like Anderson have argued that first responder and preparedness dollars should go straight to the cities instead of states.

Anderson said Salt Lake City's federal law enforcement block grant has alone been cut by more than 75-percent.

He also pointed out a series of program that have been eliminated or slashed since the program was created.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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