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In the Senate: a proposed tax break for newspapers…

A surprisingly bipartisan group of 15 senators is proposing a tax break for newspapers.

Senate Bill 5942, introduced this morning by Sen. Margarita Prentice, would lower newspapers’ business and occupation tax rate from .484 percent of gross to .2904 percent from 2010 to 2015. No fiscal note’s been prepared yet to show how much the tax break would cost the state treasury.


The future of the newspaper industry: the view from 1981…

Fascinating and depressing, here’s a 1981 look at a quirky new technology: reading your newspaper on your “home computer” via signals transmitted over phone lines.

The news report has Tomorrowland feel to it, fat monitors with tiny screens, clunky keyboards, a guy setting a phone handset into a modem. Most outdated of all: the observation at the end that online news is unlikely to pose much of a challenge to the dominance of the 20-cent printed paper.

Hat tip: Horse’s Ass.

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