Potential Budget Cuts

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Senator Ken Salazar is looking for information from law enforcement and fire agencies around the state to determine the potential effects of proposed federal budget cuts.

Former Boulder County Sheriff George Epp says much of the funding President Bush has proposed cutting is the money that rural agencies have used to tackle the escalating methamphetamine problem and improve communications with other departments.

Bush's budget recommends an overall six-point-eight percent increase for the Homeland Security Department, but an eleven percent reduction in state and local coordination efforts. That reduction would total about 420 (M) million dollars.

Salazar -- a Democrat and the former Colorado attorney general -- says the proposed cuts come as drug-related crime is overwhelming the state's rural counties.