CALmatters: A proposal to help newspapers
By Dan Morain
Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Marin County Democrat, today will propose several steps intended to help struggling newspapers.
Among his suggestions: an exemption of sales taxes on newspaper sales; a tax break to counter tariffs imposed by President Trump on Canadian newsprint; and labor rules that would provide some protection for reporters from layoffs in ownership changes.
Levine: “Trump calls journalists the enemy and his trade policies actively undermine local news by artificially inflating newsprint costs. We need to take the side of our constitutionally protected free press.”