S.D. governor says shooting range grant was OK
Monday, October 13, 2003

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) is ready to go to court over the federal government's allocation of housing grants.

In response to concerns about the state's use of federal funds, Rounds returned an $825,000 grant to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money was to be used to build a shooting range near sacred Bear Butte.

But even though he canceled the grant, Rounds says it was appropriate to fund the shooting range. He says a certain HUD official is misinterpreting federal law. HUD investigators found that the state submitted misleading Census data in order to obtain grants.

The use of the funds, known as Community Development Block Grants, has spurred debate in the state. Democrats want Rounds to create a bipartisan panel to review how the money is distributed.

Get the Story:
Rounds: Feds have approved CDBG funds (The Rapid City Journal 10/13)
CDBG grants spawn political debate (The Rapid City Journal 10/13)

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