Rhode Island's Homeland Security Funding Cut in Half

State's towns and cities likely not to receive their requested homeland security grants

Previous grants had been used to buy millions of dollars in emergency equipment, begin the interoperable communications project and outfit and train teams for hazardous materials and decontamination, and urban search and rescue.

Governor Carcieri said he was disappointed. "While I'm pleased that federal officials don't believe the Ocean State is a target, Rhode Island deserves to receive federal funding necessary to protect our citizens from terrorist threats and natural disasters.

"Over the last few years, we have made a lot of progress in upgrading our capacity to deter and respond to threats," he said in a statement.

" . . . Rhode Island is poised to take the next step. But in order to continue the improvements we've already begun, the federal government must do their part by providing us with the homeland security funding we need and deserve."

<<Providence Journal, The (RI) (KRT) -- 06/02/06>>