As we get ready for the holidays, I have been busy getting ready for
the Session as well. With the halls of the Capitol “decked” for the season, it is hard to believe that in only two weeks, the 2018 Legislative Session
will gavel in. We may want to leave up the “Hope” and “Joy” banners currently hanging in the Rotunda . . .
We’ll have a full agenda, with the education funding formula, Medicaid reauthorization, and improving roads and bridges as big topics. Priorities include greater government efficiency, funding for Madison County road projects, and building on the campaign finance reforms
we passed in 2017 to make government more transparent and accountable. I’d like to see less government, and that includes the Legislature: how about
cutting its size, and the times it convenes? If we only considered general bills every other year, I bet we’d have less unneeded legislation, and a
better end product. I’d also bet that reducing the number of legislators is one cut in government only the politicians would miss!
As we convene January 2, you can always follow District 73 news at www.corywilson.ms,
on Facebook, or on
Twitter. Please feel
free to e-mail me anytime. Even when I might be delayed in responding because of the Session’s demands, I read each message and appreciate your input!
On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state in the Union. 2017 has been a year of celebration of the 200th anniversary of our
statehood. On December 9, 2017, the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration culminated with the grand opening of theMuseum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
If you haven’t seen the museums yet, they are worth the visit. The celebration last weekend included a visit by President Trump,
as well as inspiringremarks by civil rights icon Myrlie Evers.
Our bicentennial has been a time to reflect on our history (good and bad), take stock of our present, and redouble our efforts to create a brighter
future for this special place called Mississippi.
The Mississippi Capitol — a National Historic Landmark — is beautiful during the Holidays. If you haven’t recently visited our “New Capitol,” this Bicentennial
Christmas is a great time for a tour of history. For information on tours and scheduling, click here.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away, and 2017 is drawing to a close. It has been a full year, and it seems like every day
brings both hope, and trouble. But hope wins. This time of year, my hope is that you have blessed times with family and friends, and quiet times
of reflection. Mississippi has weathered so much, and come so far, during the last 200 years. I’m convinced our best days are ahead. From the Wilsons’
home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! God bless you in the New Year!