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A California lawmaker wants to subsidize local journalism. Here’s his plan

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As newspapers financially struggle and mass layoffs have become the norm, a Bay Area legislator wants the state to help.

Assemblyman Marc Levine is looking at state tax relief for papers, and bans on layoffs. But does a state government intervention compromise journalistic independence?


Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), California state assemblyman representing the 10th State Assembly District, which encompasses the communities of Marin and Southern Sonoma

Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online journalism, Poynter Institute