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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. 

October 23, 2018

A legislative watchdog committee says local entities that decide where tourism tax revenues are spent likely need more oversight and that the Legislature should consider changing the way it authorizes these taxes.

There are 82 of these taxes being collected and 88 in ef...

August 14, 2018

An outflow of retail businesses out of Jackson — helped partially by subsidies given by the state and by surrounding communities — has resulted in a 22 percent reduction of sales tax revenue to the city of Jackson in the last 15 years, according to an analysis of data...

June 6, 2018

According to an examination of the past five legislative sessions, the chances of a tourism tax being renewed is 78 percent. Out of 51 bills to renew the taxes, only 11 were rejected by the Legislature.

Tourism taxes are levied on hotels and restaurants by cities and co...

February 20, 2018

Mississippi lawmakers could be adding to the state's debt to pay for an addition to the state's liquor warehouse and to help fund improvements at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard.

House Bill 391 would provide $45 million in bonds to help with improvements at Huntington Inga...

January 29, 2018

Last week, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told the press that his office and the Department of Revenue had filed suit against four winemakers that shipped wine into the state.

The state would've missed out on $6 dollars for every $25 bottle of wine and some of t...

November 2, 2017

Starting December 1, Mississippi will begin forcing out-of-state online retailers to collect the state's 7 percent use tax on goods bought by state residents. 

The Mississippi Department of Revenue announced the new tax in a filing on the Secretary of State's website We...

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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.