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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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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. 

July 18, 2018

Several Mississippi mayors agree that more revenue from the sales tax or use tax needs to be disbursed to their cities by the state.

The differences lie in how that would be accomplished. 

Mississippi levies two taxes on sales: A conventional sales tax that customers pay...

July 9, 2018

Mississippi legislators could have several methods to help cities financially after a U.S. Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to levy internet sales taxes. 

Mississippi levies two taxes on sales: a conventional sales tax and a consumer use tax. Taxpa...

June 20, 2018

Paying for a license plate in Mississippi can be an expensive proposition, as evidenced by research from Mississippi Matters using data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

What makes Mississippi tags so expensive is the ad valorem property tax, levied by counti...

May 31, 2018

Collections on local tourism taxes have increased 151 percent since 2004, according to an examination of data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Cities and counties brought in more than $37 million in tourism tax revenue in 2004. In 2017, cities and counties co...

October 25, 2017

A report released last week by the non-partisan Tax Foundation ranked Mississippi 24th among the states for its business tax climate.

The study, now in its 15th year, is more a measure of how the states structure their tax systems rather than how much they collect.


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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.