The National Governors Association is asking the President and Congress to send more money to states to help them carry out a federal mandate to handle homeland security. Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack says the money is needed most when the country is on a high state of alert and extra security is required. He says more money is also needed to train emergency workers to deal with a variety of biohazards.He says the state has already started the process, but needs more funds. Vilsack says Iowa doesn’t have the problems of some larger states though.He says it’s less of an issue in Iowa than it is in California, where the governor says they don’t have the funds to adequately check the borders. Vilsack says Michigan’s governor is also concerned about not being able to adequately check all the containers coming into the ports of the Great Lakes. Vilsack and other Governors met with President Bush Monday to express their concerns.
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