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Obviously, we could deal with that. Three state reps have proposed a way to support "local community newspapers" of the sort Gannett has been busy shutting down of late: A tax credit of up to $250 for people with subscriptions to their local newspaper. But their definition would include Web sites, too:

For purposes of this subsection, "local community newspaper" shall mean any print or digital publication that includes: (i) the primary content of such publication is original content derived from primary sources and relating to news and current events; (ii) such publication primarily serves the needs of a regional or local community; and (iii) the publisher of such publication employs at least 1 local news journalist who resides in such regional or local community.



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Interesting idea, I sort of wish people had thought of this 15 years ago, but then, we've got the benefit of hindsight.

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This is a small but great proposal!

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I will be calling my state rep to support this bill

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Specific tax breaks like these are well meaning but a poor way of solving problems.

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According to the bill, an eligible newspaper or website would have to provide “original content derived from primary sources and relating to news and current events,” serve “the needs of a regional or local community,”

He surfs social media a reposts whatever drama will get him clicks.

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Dan Kennedy considers the proposal, kind of goes "meh" and notes that a commission the legislature set up two years ago to study the problems of local news in Massachusetts has yet to do anything.

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Would is include Patreon subscriptions?

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