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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. 

December 13, 2018

Since a big change in 1999, the cost of living adjustment for the state's defined benefit pension fund has become a huge downward pull on the plan's finances.

The cost of living adjustment or COLA paid to retirees by the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississipp...

November 29, 2018

The Mississippi Retired Public Employees' Association says that it won't accept any changes to the state's defined benefit pension system with the 2019 statewide elections less than year away.

In her letter to members in the newsletter, MRPEA president Ann Thames said,...

October 19, 2018

A report by an advocacy group for public pension systems says that scaling back defined benefit pensions could put government revenues at risk.'

The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems released the report that says the governments of 38 states coll...

September 26, 2018

Mississippi's pension debt liability — as expressed as a percentage of its general fund budget — is the second-worst in the nation according to analysis of 2016 data from Pew Charitable Trusts.

New Jersey is first, as it would take the state's entire tax revenues f...

September 6, 2018

Unfunded liabilities continued to increase for state defined benefit pension funds in fiscal 2017, according to a recently released report by credit ratings firm Moody's. 

The report also said that increased investment income in 2017 and 2018 would lead to a reduct...

April 25, 2018

According to a report released on April 11 by the Mississippi Legislature's PEER (Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review) Committee, the state's pension fund won't meet its often-cited funding goal by 2042, possibly requiring the pension fund's board and the Leg...

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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.