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Lieutenant governor candidate Rasoul rolls out policies to protect local news

25 May, 2021

As the concern grows, people are taking action — from partnerships to newsroom unions to legislative proposals. 

Virginia lieutenant governor candidate Sam Rasoul — currently the delegate for the state’s 11th District — has plans to protect and bolster local media around the state. 

In rolling out some policy proposals, if elected, Rasoul outlined goals to support local media that include: 

  • Creation of tax credits for subscriptions to local news up to $250 per year
  • Up to $50,000 a year in payroll tax credits for local media outlets
  • Incentivizing business advertisement in local media up to $5,000 per year

The proposal is inspired by and would be a state version of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, which is currently stalled in Congress.