The federal government is targeting more homeland security funds to high-risk urban areas this year, but more anti-terrorism money still is being spent per capita in the most sparsely populated states, reports Stateline.org. Wyoming, the state with the fewest residents, once again will receive the most funding per capita to fight terrorism in fiscal 2005, says a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Wyoming will get $27.80 per person this year, down from $40 a person last year. New York, a victim of repeat terrorist attacks, will receive $15.54 per person in 2005, up from $10.13 last year.
The report offered some evidence that the federal government made modest headway in answering complaints that rural or sparsely populated states have received an unfair share of the homeland security funding pie since the 2001 terrorist attacks. California now ranks 27th in per capita funding, up from 38th last year. The homeland security department dropped seven communities from its list of 50 urban areas to receive extra security funds, replacing them with seven different cities. There will be no more special grants in 2005 for Albany, N.Y.; Fresno, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; New Haven, Conn.; Orlando, Fla.; Richmond, Va., and St. Paul, Minn. Instead, urban areas slated for new anti-terrorism money are Arlington, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Honolulu; Jacksonville, Fla.; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb., and Toledo, Ohio.