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Stimulus money for law enforcement

More than $1.5 million in federal money is being offered to law enforcement agencies in Spokane and Kootenai counties for new equipment, training or personnel.

The money, part of the economic stimulus package, was added to an existing program known as the Edward Byrne Justice Assistant Grants, which is designed to get more police on the street, more training and equipment to agencies, and more help for crime victims, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said.

The White House is promising to review all requests and approve or reject them within two weeks, a Cantwell spokeswoman said.

The program divides the money between states and local governments. Under its formula, the City of Spokane will be available to request more than $824,000, Spokane Valley $207,600 and Spokane County almost $195,000.

What’s in it for us?

All this talk about the economic stimulus is mostly in the macro.

$787 billion total, about a third in tax cuts and two thirds in spending.

But what does it mean for Washington or Idaho? There’s a way to find out.

A Web site called Stimulus Watch has a breakdown for each state.

Check out the Washington projects by clicking here. You can even narrow it down to individual cities.

Check out the Idaho projects by clicking here. Breakdown for cities also available, although Coeur d’Alene isn’t singled out.

Today’s fun video: Who is Kristen Wiig?

A little late in posting, but last weekend’s Saturday Night Live was not very kind to Congressional Republicans and their opposition to the economic stimulus package.

But it does raise a couple of questions:

The first: Is Dan Ackroyd better as John Boehner than he was as Bob Dole back in the 1980s?

The second: Most of the characters being spoofed by men are recognizable figures, but who might the woman being played by Kristen Wiig be — possibly someone close to home?

And sorry about making you sit through the commercials, but this embed comes from the official NBC site.

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Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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