Maine's two U.S. Senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, have introduced legislation that would suspend tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada while the Department of Commerce examines the health of — and the effects on — the U.S. printing and publishing industry.
The department imposed the tariffs earlier this year after a Washington state paper company complained that Canada was "dumping'' cheap newsprint on the U.S. market and hurting its business. But newspaper publishers and printing companies say the tariffs could have a devastating effect on their businesses, which employ more than 600,000.
"Publishers already face economic headwinds due to the migration of advertising from print to digital," said David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance. "We simply cannot absorb extra costs from import taxes. Newspapers will close or be forced to raise prices for readers and advertisers. We are already seeing some papers cut back on news distribution and cut jobs. These tariffs are killing jobs and high-quality news in local communities.''