Stop the Presses! Sen. Isakson Says Save the Papers!

Good news, everyone! Johnny Isakson sponsored legislation to help protect newspapers and publishers.

The so-called PRINT Act “would suspend the import taxes on uncoated groundwood paper while the U.S. Department of Commerce examines the health of—and the effects on—the printing and publishing industry.”

Let me save the Commerce Department some work: the printing/publishing industry is unfortunately dying and I’m not sure this will save it. (Anything to ensure the continued publishing of my weekend newspapers is more than welcome).

What inspired Isaskson and the bi-partisan group of sponsors was the 2017 tariffs levied on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper producers. AKA: newsprint.

Another aspect I found interesting is that the legislation says the President would have to review the Commerce Department’s report and determine if suspending the duties ” is in the national interest”. Considering how antagonistic President Trump has been toward the press and how personally he has taken slights (throughout his career), I somehow doubt he’d do anything to help media outlets.

Isakson said announcing the legislation:

Local newspapers are a vital source of news and community information, especially in rural and small-town America. Unfair or punitive action taken against producers of groundwood paper would threaten to put many Georgia newspapers out of business and could cost up to 1,000 jobs in Georgia. I have consistently fought for a level playing field for domestic producers, but in this case, unfair manipulation of trade remedy laws could endanger jobs across Georgia and the country. We are urging the administration to exercise caution in its pursuit of new tariffs on imported newsprint until Congress can review and understand the full possible effects on this industry before these taxes are collected.”

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John Vestal
John Vestal

Save the buggy whip industry!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

More useless bs coming from DC…Look! were getting stuff done…hardly. How about for your next trick lowering drug prices, or you know, that fabulous health plan republicans have been promising for 8 years? Its going to be interesting when the rate increases come out right before the midterms. They were massive last year and they will be worse this year, and with Anthem BCBS leaving the metro Atlanta individual market all together, its going to be brutal. Its all on Trumpublicans now.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Maybe we should save “lowering drug prices” for a more competent administration. Trump’s plan is basically:
1) Get Europe to raise their drug prices
2) Drug companies make more money
3) ???
4) Drug companies decide to lower American drug prices instead of just pocketing that extra money from Europe.

Ellynn
Ellynn

How to solve the newsprint industry problem – every college freshman is required to take Life Drawing 101. You go through at least four 48 x 30, 100 sheet pads of newsprint and a box of charcoal doing 10 minute figure studies of nudes 5 hours a week.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Another swamp dwelling DC insider protecting the industry that protects him.