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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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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. 

March 20, 2018

With the session winding down, an infrastructure bill is the main piece of legislation that requires a compromise between House and Senate.

March 8, 2018

The office of Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering released the state's annual comprehensive financial report for 2017 on Wednesday. 

Here are five takeaways from the report:

State tax revenues on the uptick

Most state tax revenues have increased in the last 10 years, ac...

February 12, 2018

Thursday was the deadline in the Mississippi Legislature for floor action (either an up or down vote or a motion to consider) general bills by the originating chamber and several bills, such as the expansion of the state's Education Scholarship Program, died without a...

January 24, 2018

With Tuesday's deadline for bills to pass out of committees for consideration by the whole originating chamber, here are some of the more important bills being considered in the Mississippi Legislature:

The Good
HB 98 would authorize direct sales and shipments of wine 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...

October 19, 2017

For a third consecutive year, advocates of increasing the state's gasoline tax for the purpose of repairing roads and bridges are trying to convince the Mississippi Legislature to force citizens to pay more at the pump.

Here's four graphs that show that a gasoline tax i...

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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.