Newspapers would get a real estate tax exemption, under a bill being introduced in the Legislature.
The proposal from state Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) says newspapers play a vital role in a Democracy, but they’re going under due to tough financial burdens.
Nationwide, over 120 newspapers have gone out of business in the past year. In Wisconsin, Schneider says several large papers have had to consolidate and those in smaller areas have shutdown.
insists he’s not pandering to the press, and said he’s had enough run-ins with editors over the years to show it. He says newspapers need to state in business, despite the fact that some reporters “jerk (him) around all the time.”