The House voted yesterday to steer more anti-terrorism money to communities that faced the greatest attack risks, says the Los Angeles Times. The change was prompted by complaints from large states that the current system shortchanged them. The measure, approved 409-10, calls for distributing an estimated $2 billion next year to firefighters, police, and other first responders based on an evaluation of threats and vulnerabilities.
Under the current system, a large chunk of the money is distributed to every state equally; the remainder is allocated based on population. California griped that the nation’s most populous state last year received about $310 million – $8.75 per person – while Wyoming received about $18 million – $37.52 per capita.