The Maryland General Assembly has begun taxing readers when they buy newspapers. Effective last Friday, state legislators are requiring retail outlets to add 5 percent to the price of papers they sell. That means most readers will pay the state an extra three cents for The Sun and Evening Sun daily and eight cents on Sundays.
The new tax also will require readers who get home delivery to pay the state about 65 cents monthly for Sun subscriptions. And next January, the state will begin collecting the reader tax on papers sold in news racks.
* Legislators hope to punish papers by taxing their readers, Publisher Michael J. Davies writes: Page 3L