Panel creates safety grants for institutions

Panel creates safety grants for institutions

Wisconsin lawmakers have inserted provisions in the state budget that would create grants for community institutions’ safety.

The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to require the state Department of Justice to administer the grants. Tax-exempt community institutions such as community centers could use the grants to reimburse themselves for security costs in response to ongoing threats. The money for the grants would come from DOJ’s legal settlement winnings.

The committee’s move comes after a Jewish community center in suburban Milwaukee received three threats in six weeks earlier this year.