Most Mississippians know William Faulkner’s saying that to understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi. He’s right. Our state is a diverse place, rich with culture, and steeped in history.
I’m a lifelong Mississippian and love all that makes the Magnolia State unique. But when you love something, you want to make it even better for the next generation. Sometimes that means taking an honest look at areas that need improvement.
Mississippi ranks at, or near, the bottom in most categories that impact quality of life, including health care, education, infrastructure, opportunity, and financial stability. We also lead the country in receiving federal aid—comprising nearly 44 percent of our state’s general revenue—and in poverty, where nearly one in five residents find themselves.