Your tax dollars at work

President Obama announced today that AG Holder & the DoJ are making $2 billion from the ARRA available, specifically for state and local law enforcement and criminal justice. The funds will be allocated through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

JAG Program funds can be used for a variety of efforts such as hiring law enforcement officers; supporting drug and gang task forces; funding crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and supporting courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.” (from the White House press release)

King County is eligible for $4,882,208, and the White House estimates that about $454,027 of that would go directly to County projects, and $2,701,067 for the city of Seattle. Seattle’s take is the largest single municipal amount, with Tacoma coming in 2nd at $1,394,464. The total for all Washington State counties and municipalities is $14,304,690; add in the funds allocated on the state level ($22,401,901) and Washington’s total rises to $36,706,591. LINK.

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