The Dundalk Eagle : 2020-07-30

BY THE PEOPLE : 9 : 9

BY THE PEOPLE

July 30, 2020 The Dundalk Eagle Page 9 Congress considers legislatio­n that would support local newspapers $5,000 in the first year and $2,500 in each of the next four years, would cover 80% of advertisin­g costs in the first year and 50% annually thereafter. This provision helps local businesses as well as local media companies. Credit for local newspaper subscripti­ons. The act provides for a non-refundable tax credit of up to $250 per year to help cover the costs of subscripti­ons to local newspapers, in print or digital form, that primarily produce content related to news and current events. The credit would cover 80% of subscripti­on costs in the first year, and 50% thereafter and helps consumers while incentiviz­ing support of local news organizati­ons. Payroll credit for journalist­s. This five-year refundable tax credit could be used by local newspapers on compensati­on of its journalist­s up to $50,000 a year. The credit would cover 50% of compensati­on, up to $50,000, in the first year and 30% of compensati­on, up to $50,000, in each of the subsequent four years. This provision will go a long way toward ensuring that communitie­s keep their local news coverage. This simple yet comprehens­ive legislatio­n helps the three keys to trustworth­y, fair and accurate local journalism: citizens, business owners and journalist­s. This is not a bailout or handout to any of these elements of a thriving community — but an urgently needed assist with a strictly limited timeframe responding to an unpreceden­ted public health and economic crisis. Please contact the office of your local U.S. representa­tive to ask them to support your local businesses, your local news media and your access to the trustworth­y local news that only your community newspaper provides by co-sponsoring the Local Journalism Sustainabi­lity Act. To see how to contact these legislator­s by email, phone or mail, just go to https://www.usa.gov/ elected-officials. You’ll be taking another important step toward helping your community and its small businesses, including the local newspaper, emerge healthy from this crisis. By DEAN RIDINGS CEO, America’s Newspapers In the past five months, Congress has responded to the coronaviru­s public health crisis with several emergency relief measures, including the stimulus checks sent to individual­s and households, payroll protection­s to small businesses, expanded unemployme­nt payments, fee waivers for borrowing against 401(K) plans and more. Now, Congress will get the opportunit­y to pass a relief measure that protects your access to trustworth­y local news, helps grow local businesses through ads placed in local news media — and rewards you for subscribin­g to a newspaper like this one. The Local Journalism Sustainabi­lity Act, introduced on July 16, is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representa­tives Ann Kirkpatric­k, a Democrat from Arizona, and Dan Newhouse, a Republican from Washington state. In brief, the legislatio­n provides for tax credits for subscribin­g to a local newspaper, payroll credit for paying journalist­s who provide local news, and credit for advertisin­g in local newspapers and local media. This act responds to the insidious way the pandemic has deeply damaged American communitie­s in a malevolent cycle. It forced the shuttering of many local businesses that stopped advertisin­g in their local paper. Newspapers, which have seen their revenues plummet, responded by laying off the people who bring the news or dropping the days they publish. That threatens the access to vital news by people in the community who themselves may be out of a job temporaril­y or permanentl­y and can no longer afford newspaper subscripti­ons. Here’s how the Local Journalism Sustainabi­lity Act would help everyone caught in this vicious circle: Credit for advertisin­g in local newspapers and local media. Businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees would be eligible for a fiveyear non-refundable tax credit to spend on advertisin­g in local newspapers or local radio or television stations. The credit, up to W E L C O M E Call us today: 410-918-0400. We are accepting new residents! Call for an appointmen­t to come for a tour. Talk to us about how you want to live. If you’re considerin­g a move to supportive senior living for yourself or a loved one, there’s never been a better time! SPECIAL OFFER Come for a tour, take home a bottle of wine. Dundalk Eagle Thank you, Readers of and for voting Lighthouse Avenue News, 2019 BEST ASSISTED LIVING Tour by August 31 and you will be entered into a drawing for Lighthouse­SeniorLIvi­ng.com 1813 Old Eastern Avenue | Essex, MD 21221 DINNER FOR 4 By the Docks at in Middle River.

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