County’s proposed $150,000 ‘litter fee’ targets newspaper in Vancouver, Washington

A Clark County (Wash.) official wants to make local newspapers with circulation of over 28,500 — there’s only one! — pay an annual “litter fee” of $150,000.

Lou Brancaccio, editor of the Columbian in Vancouver, Washington, calls this “goofball stuff” from county environmental services director and state senator Don Benton.
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The editor tells his readers in his Saturday column:

[Benton has] designed his paper waste tax in a way that it would hit newspapers but the criteria is so specific it would only hit The Columbian. The small weekly in Battle Ground, The Reflector – for example – would be safe. (The county just took the legal ad account away from The Columbian and gave it to the Reflector.)

What a surprise.

If this were grade school someone would take Benton out back and give him a good spanking!

* Editor’s column: The M&M Boys and the “Godfather” (columbian.com)
* County considers fee hikes to pay for settlement (columbian.com)

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