Sen. Moran says cost of printing newspapers is too high

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIBW) -- A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators wants to lower the cost it takes to print newspapers.

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, and nine colleagues, introduced the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018, or PRINT Act this week.

The legislation would suspend import taxes on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper, while the Department of Commerce examines the printing and publishing industry.

“A local newspaper is important to every community in Kansas, yet every Kansas newspaper is facing significant challenges to stay in business,” said Sen. Moran in statement.

Uncoated groundwood paper is the primary paper used in newsprint, book publishers and commercial printing in the U.S.

Imported taxes on the paper are as high as 32 percent on some products, and that cost is passed onto publishers, according to a statement from Sen. Moran.

“Increasing tariffs on newsprint means that printing a newspaper becomes more expensive, resulting in less local news, weather and sports reaching mailboxes and front porches in Kansas," Moran added.

The PRINT Act is also sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).