Is your hometown losing anti-terrorism funding?

To trim government costs, the Homeland Security Department is no longer providing funding to 32 cities through the Urban Areas Security Initiative, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett.

A DHS spokesman told Barrett that the cuts focus on cities with a lower risk level than that of larger cities, such as New York City and Washington, D.C. Cities will receive $662 million in federal funding for anti-terrorism efforts in fiscal 2011 — a $170 million decrease compared to fiscal 2010, Barrett writes.

Here’s the list of cities that won’t be receiving anti-terrorism funding through the Urban Areas Security Initiative.

  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Honolulu
  • Indianapolis
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Milwaukee
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • Oklahoma City
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Oxnard, Calif.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Tulsa, Okla.

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Reader comments

Tue, Jun 7, 2011 Shannon giles Washington, DC

While we all understand that budget cuts must be made, cutting funding to such an important facet of our defense should not be an option. So many people think that the death of Bin Laden means we can be more relaxed with our force protection. Nothing is further from the truth. We need to be more diligent and keep this funding. Those in smaller cities should still have a robust anti terrorism program.

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