Ridge, Lawmaker Suggest Miami Hogs Federal Aid

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In a visit to Miami, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge entered the debate over the distribution of federal security money, says the Miami Herald. It is a sensitive subject in South Florida, where Broward and Palm Beach counties believe Miami and Miami-Dade unfairly kept most of the aid. Ridge stressed he expected money to be shared. One question, he said, is whether a county like Miami-Dade “checked with the other counties around them because everyone knows if there is a major disaster in one community, you are going to have resources pulling in from all the counties around you. We know the [urban areas] have needs but also understand other people can respond to your needs and make sure you pass it around equitably.”

U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, R-Fort Lauderdale, “As the representative of Broward and Palm Beach counties, we have been very upset by how badly we have been slighted by Miami-Dade and the city of Miami on the distribution of urban funds.” Shaw said the process is flawed because “the decision-making lies with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County and these leaders have decided to keep 90 percent of the money distributed themselves.”

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