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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

December 6, 2018

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its budgetary recommendations for fiscal 2020 Wednesday, promising a 1 percent overall cut from last year's appropriations

There is about a $213.4 million difference between the legislative proposal and the one issu...

November 21, 2018

Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year last week that would spend $170 million more than last year and includes money for a teacher pay raise, more money for college student financial aid and another trooper school.

According to the...

August 23, 2018

The state could increase its infrastructure spending by $200 million by tapping into use tax revenues, money from sports gaming and the creation of a state lottery if approved by the Legislature.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Tuesday that will call the Legislat...

August 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — On an unseasonably cool Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair, two of the probable candidates in the 2019 governor's race — Attorney General Jim Hood and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves — offered differing views of the state’s economy and direction.

Hood has y...

April 19, 2018

Counties with bridges closed by Gov. Phil Bryant's executive order are spending 33 percent of their budgets, on average, on public works, according to analysis of data of county audits from 2014 to 2016 from the Mississippi state Auditor's website

That's on par with s...

April 17, 2018

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn pitched his infrastructure plan that could add $270 million or more annually to the state's efforts to repair or replace aging roads and bridges Monday and took a subtle dig at Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the process.

Gunn said at the S...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.