MEMA requests more money from lawmakers

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – The state’s lean budget could tighten the belt even more for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The agency is trying to do a better job of marketing what they do to legislators.

At the same time, they’re explaining why they need more money.

“The $6.1 million general fund budget for MEMA in 2008 was excessive,” said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “And I will not stand here and tell you that’s what the agency needed. But I will tell you $3.4 million is a cut to the bone.”