Newsprint tariff will harm local newspapers, workers

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by an unnecessary tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across our state.

 

Simply put, Georgia’s newspapers cannot absorb the additional financial burden this duty will create. It’s based on a dubious complaint from a single paper mill and was just announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce. If fully implemented, the resulting hardship could lead to thousands of job losses in the newspaper industry. We are at an important juncture right now, and our role of getting Real News to you on a daily or weekly basis matters more than ever. A credible news source that has a vested interest in community-based news and information is the bedrock of our principles as a free nation.

Georgia’s publishing industry and related news websites employ more than 1,000 people — many of which provide the only meaningful news coverage for small, rural communities. We are you. We are Georgia. We are local businesses.

Readers rely on newspapers to provide credible information about what matters most to them — news about local people, local government, local happenings, local businesses and important public notices that can impact a community.

Newspapers and newspaper associations are uniting against newsprint tariffs. This is not only a print industry concern but could also ultimately affect other business segments that rely on paper products. Georgia’s U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and other lawmakers have sent letters to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Robert Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative, requesting serious consideration of any punitive sanctions that would emerge from the investigation because of what they say would be negative impacts on American producers.

Please help us protect the future of newspapers by contacting Isakson, Sen. David Perdue or U.S. Rep. Jody Hice to let them know that you oppose the proposed newsprint trade tariff. A free press is more important than ever, and newspapers have always been at the forefront of serving our communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to do so.

 

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