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Money spent on the U.S. military would be better used here to fund housing, jobs, and other things to help Americans, the Dane County Board says.

At Thursday night's board meeting, supervisors voted 26-5 to support a "bring our war dollars home" resolution, urging the president and Congress to redirect resources from the $832 billion military budget to domestic needs.

The resolution was introduced by Sup. Kyle Richmond and was drafted with help from the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ).

"As the federal debate on the budget continues, it's vitally important that those of us outside the Washington D.C. bubble provide real context," WNPJ executive director Diane Farsetta said in a statement.

According to Farsetta and Richmond, military spending has doubled since 2001, and even if the $832 billion (for 2012) was cut by 80 percent, it still would be the largest military budget in the world.

"I am proud Dane County added its voice tonight to a growing grass roots movement, demanding we bring our war dollars home," Farsetta said.

 

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