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Wis. receiving less money for homeland security

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin got about half as much money this year for homeland security funding than in 2010, but Gov. Scott Walker says steps are still being taken to improve readiness.

An annual homeland security report released Wednesday shows that Wisconsin got about $5.8 million in money in the 2011 fiscal year. That's down from $10.4 million the previous year.

He says the decline in funding was anticipated given changes in how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calculates how money will be awarded.

Don Dunbar, the state's homeland security adviser and leader of the Wisconsin National Guard, says the drop in funding could force the state to stagger grant allocations or delay equipment purchases.

Dunbar says he can't say with any certainty what the impact of less money will be.

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