Budget cuts proposed for National Guard - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Budget cuts proposed for National Guard

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Soldiers with the Mississippi National Guard put some of the first boots on the ground after a disaster. They were in Louisville Tuesday moving debris and helping other first responders with searches.

Meanwhile, they've become the focus of a money debate in Washington. Some 2015 budget proposals would put the National Guard funding back to a pre-9/11 level.

"Making cuts to the National Guard is the wrong place to start cutting," said Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves.

Reeves signed off on a letter to the President Tuesday. 40 other leaders from across the country added their signatures.

"We've got a need to get our fiscal house in order at the national level, just like we've done in Mississippi," Reeves said Friday. "But there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. And starting by cutting our National Guard, it's bad for our country. And it's bad for our state."

The Guard has now completed their mission in the storm damaged areas. But the Governor says they were there since before the storms hit.

"The National Guard, as I said, was deployed on Sunday afternoon as I issued an executive order to begin the authority to deploy the Mississippi National Guard."

50 soldiers were in Tupelo and another 50 in Louisville. But it took resources from across the state to make it happen, including Black Hawks from the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport.

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • WLOX Editorial: If you want a say, talk to city leaders

    WLOX Editorial: If you want a say, talk to city leaders

    Friday, September 22 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-09-22 14:20:21 GMT

    Property taxes are on the way up in both Ocean Springs and Gautier. If you own a home worth $100,000, the increase is another $30. If it's worth $200,000, a $60 increase. And in Gautier, the school taxes are on the rise as well. 

    More >>

    Property taxes are on the way up in both Ocean Springs and Gautier. If you own a home worth $100,000, the increase is another $30. If it's worth $200,000, a $60 increase. And in Gautier, the school taxes are on the rise as well. 

    More >>
  • WATCH: Firefighters raise truck to free trapped woman

    WATCH: Firefighters raise truck to free trapped woman

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-09-24 18:07:25 GMT

    Amazing video and pictures from the scene of an early morning rescue show patience and teamwork on display as firefighters from five different units in Harrison County came together to rescue a woman trapped inside an overturned truck. 

    More >>

    Amazing video and pictures from the scene of an early morning rescue show patience and teamwork on display as firefighters from five different units in Harrison County came together to rescue a woman trapped inside an overturned truck. 

    More >>
  • Saints issue response to comments by President Trump

    Saints issue response to comments by President Trump, Source: Mark LaGrangeSaints issue response to comments by President Trump, Source: Mark LaGrange

    Joining a growing list of NFL teams speaking out against President Donald Trump's response to player protests around the league, the Saints and Pelicans released a joint statement from Owner Tom Benson today.

    More >>

    Joining a growing list of NFL teams speaking out against President Donald Trump's response to player protests around the league, the Saints and Pelicans released a joint statement from Owner Tom Benson today.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly