In its role as the collective voice of newspapers in Washington, NAA is an advocate on policy issues impacting newspaper business operations. These issues range from the congressional debate over corporate tax reform to Department of Labor rules on independent contractor classification to industry compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations. In addition, NAA provides information to our member newspapers so that they can take action on their own in support of sustainable business practices that help preserve and protect the environment.
March 17, 2016
NAA applauds the introduction of H.R. 4770 by Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH), which would clarify the entity that is permitted to take tax deductions when content creators use outside vendors for contract printing.
March 07, 2016
Newspaper investments in journalism translate to readers’ awareness of the world around them. Investments do not vary depending on the medium – digital or print – in which the reader consumes content. So, why does our tax code distinguish between these two mediums when allowing for deductions of income?
December 08, 2015
The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) – of which NAA is a member – sent a letter to members of Congress expressing concern over the impact the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the salaries test will have on the business community.
December 02, 2015
The IRS is proposing a change to its rules to determine who the taxpayer is under Section 199 of the Tax Code for the purpose of claiming a deduction for printing and other manufacturing costs. NAA has long-argued for the manufacturing deduction and successfully fought to have advertising revenue included as an integral part of the income that would qualify for the deduction, as it is “inextricably linked” to the newspaper product.
October 27, 2015
NAA is a member of Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) and is participating in a telemarketing coalition led by the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. Both groups are currently challenging the FCC’s recent telemarketing decision and both cases have been consolidated in the DC Circuit Court.
September 25, 2015
NAA Senior VP/Public Policy Paul Boyle provided oral testimony at the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on "Broadcast Ownership in the 21st Century" on September 25, 2015. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Newspaper Association of America commends this subcommittee for focusing on issues of broadcast ownership in the 21st Century. We believe that one of the most important aspects of media ownership today is ensuring that ownership is not restricted by outdated regulations that do not reflect today’s 21st century media marketplace.
June 23, 2015
Over the years, the telemarketing industry has filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking clarifications to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On June 18, the FCC responded to these petitions with an order that is pro-consumer with negative implications for telemarketers.
May 19, 2015
The Newspaper Association of America as part of the coalition United for Patent Reform, supports the provisions of the PATENT Act that create risks for bad actors, curbs abusive demand letters, and increases transparency.
June 12, 2014
NAA commissioned financial consulting firm, Bond & Pecaro, to write a White Paper providing an overview of the economics of the newspaper industry today and, more specifically, to provide details on the state of the current marketplace for large commercial printing press systems.
March 14, 2014
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released in late February a comprehensive tax reform package with the goal of fixing “America’s broken tax code by lowering tax rates while making the code simpler and fairer.” At the heart of the sweeping proposal is the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, and consolidating the seven individual tax brackets into two – a 10 percent and 25 percent bracket. There is, however, a 10 percent surcharge assessed on some professionals earning $450,000 or more in income.
January 09, 2014
In February 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The TCPA’s goal is to protect consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls, often called robocalls. Autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential landlines now require “prior express consent” in writing from consumers.
July 06, 2011
Newspapers desire to be good corporate citizens and have made changes in the way they do business that will have long-term benefits for the environment. Since 2000 over 70 percent of all old newspapers in the United States were recovered and recycled. The average amount of recycled fiber content in newsprint used by U.S. newspapers has increased from 10 percent in 1989 to almost 30 percent today. In addition, most newspapers have switched to vegetable-based inks in lieu of petroleum oils. As a solution for global warming/climate change is sought, newspapers will be searching for ways to reduce their “carbon footprint” and use of energy.