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MLive: Rep. Upton, Michigan Press Association applaud paper tariffs reversal

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Rep. Upton, Michigan Press Association applaud paper tariffs reversal 
MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette
August 31, 2018 

The Michigan Press Association and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton are applauding the reversal of tariffs on paper that caused prices to raise for several months, impacting the newspaper industry. 

Tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated ground wood paper that began in January were reversed by a unanimous 5 to 0 vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said on Thursday, Aug. 30. 

Paper prices went up after the tariffs were put into place, which she called an undue burden on business, Michigan Press Association Public Affairs Manager Lisa McGraw said. 

"We're really glad they've been reversed," she said. "We're going to wait and see if prices go back down. That's on the paper companies." 

The issue was a big deal for MPA members, she said, and she was appreciative from support by members of congress to reverse the tariffs. 

"These misguided tariffs were harmful to local journalism - the lifeblood of our communities," Upton in a news release. "They were already significantly raising costs for local newspapers, threatening jobs and the delivery of the news. We worked hard to remove them and must remain vigilant they don't return. The reversal marks a victory for local journalism everywhere."

Upton had previously joined a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission urging the reversal of the tariffs.

He was a co-sponsor of H.R. 6031, the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade (PRINT) Act of 2018.

Upton also met with members of the Michigan Press Association in St. Joseph to hear their concerns about the tariffs directly.

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