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Wisconsin Anti-terrorism Centers Get Reduced Federal FundingSubmitted: 05/06/2013
MADISON - Wisconsin's two anti-terrorism centers see far less federal support than they used to.

The centers in Madison and Milwaukee are among 78 nationwide.

They investigate suspicious activity, determine how serious threats might be, and study intelligence about terrorism.

Federal funding for the Milwaukee center dries up in about a month.

About $800,000 in annual federal funding has been phased out in recent years.

The center now uses local property taxes for its $3 million budget.

The Madison center is operated by the state Department of Justice.

Its primary funding has come from the Homeland Security Grant program.

But, the state's allocation has dropped 88 percent since 2005.

The state is being asked to pay for five employees out of general purpose revenue.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)



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