State broadcasters associations representing all fifty states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging the passing of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA).
The LJSA would provide local newsrooms a lifeline by creating a tax credit to allow stations to retain or hire journalists. Additionally, the legislation would provide small businesses with a tax credit of up to $5,000 in the first year for advertising with local media outlets.
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is one of six co-sponsors of the legislation. The MBA and its members thank the Senator for his unwavering support of local media throughout his tenure in Congress.
Read the full letter.