Federal “Megabus” Budget Act Cuts First Responders

According to NACo’s Legislative Bulletin from today, the federal omnibus measure for budget resolution cuts back support for local public safety grants. From the article:

The FY12 omnibus spending measure or “megabus” approved by Congress reduces key Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) State and local assistance programs by roughly 30% percent compared to FY11. Overall, the measure provides $39.9 billion in funding for DHS for 2012 – with only $2.37 billion set aside for state and local grant programs. This is roughly $2 billion less than FY11, and half of this difference is coming from reductions in state and local grant funding.

For more information about these federal programs and cutbacks, contact Dalen A. Harris at NACo, at 202/942-4236.

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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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