Chaney on Spending Cuts

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner and fire marshal Mike Chaney spoke out Tuesday about state budget cuts announced last week.

Chaney said the state's fire academy could suffer up to $200,000 in cuts.

He also may not be able to hire inspectors to check the safety of manufactured homes, and instead, turn that over to private inspectors.

But Chaney says he's determined to maintain a program that would provide volunteer firefighters with disability insurance if they're hurt on the job.

"Part of our goal is to try to give some type of benefit to the volunteer firemen," said Chaney. "If we lose them, it's catastrophic to the state in terms of cost of insurance and cost of lives."

Right now, the state uses more than 13,000 volunteer firefighters.

But the spending cuts we're seeing right now could block any proposal for the state to fund a disability insurance program.

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