- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has nixed Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to rework grants earmarked to keep kids out of gangs, pay police officers and help facilities that aid sexually abused children.

Walker’s budget would have removed the earmarks and cut the total funding for the grants by about $1 million. He would have put the remaining $1.8 million into a new justice assistance grant program and ordered the Department of Justice to establish new criteria for recipients.

The budget committee voted 12-4 to delete the provisions from the budget and restore the earmarks but kept Walker’s plan to cut the gang grants by $321,000 annually.

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