The Press: Tommyrot in Baltimore

Baltimore's newspapers went on a rampage last week against a startling proposal by Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr.: special taxes on advertising revenue, their main source of income. No other U.S. city, however hard up, has tried to raise cash by threatening the economic wellsprings of the press.

Tommy D'Alesandro got the idea in a long, late session a month ago with the city's board of estimates. Scrambling for new revenue, they had just about settled on a sewer tax when someone brought in a copy of the next day's Baltimore Sun. On the back...

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