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Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is the director of public policy and serves as general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org

Slower, more expensive mail in store for the US

NNA has warned for a decade that without action by Congress, this decline could become almost impossible to stop. We reiterate that call now to our Members of Congress.

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Local Journalism Sustainability Act reintroduced by Kirkpatrick and Newhouse with new eligibility limitations

The bill would create tax credits for three purposes: to reimburse newspaper subscribers up to $250 a year, to provide for some newsroom payroll grants and to give small business advertisers reimbursement ...

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S 1720 attracts strong roster of bipartisan support

In June, NNA awaited action on the Postal Service Reform Act, filed as HR 3076 and S 1720.

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A metaphor for the postal institution

When the Officer in Charge of the Jamesport, Missouri, Post Office noticed some bricks falling from the building last August, he began paying attention to the structure around him. One brick wall had begun ...

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It depends on state law if you can require employees to be vaccinated

Q. May we require our employees to demonstrate they have taken the vaccine as a condition of returning to work?

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News of starkly higher postage rates greets American public at start of holiday weekend

For community newspapers using Periodicals mail to reach readers, the average rate increase will be nearly 9%. The First-Class Stamp will move from 55 to 58 cents.

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Senate to consider Postal Service Reform Act of 2021

The bill is a mirror version of HR 3076 that cleared the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this month. It would provide financial relief to the U.S. Postal Service by reforming retiree health ...

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Publishers call on president to use local newspaper advertising to help reach goal of 70% vaccinated by July 4

Washington, D.C. — The News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association today sent a letter to President Joe Biden, on behalf of their more than 3,700 combined daily and community newspaper ...

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Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 promotes sustainable Universal Service

“This bill does not give us everything we want, nor one thing we really need, which is some assurance of postage rate stability,” Wesner said. “But it does open the door for much-needed ...

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NNA Member Alert: More USPS mail processing plants set for closures, changes

Newspaper mailers should be aware that USPS is proceeding with shutdowns and repositioning of mail processing in 18 sorting facilities, targeted for this action by the Delivering for America plan announced ...

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A new PPP opportunity for some group newspapers

This list is intended to make sure your application is on SBA’s eligibility list as the program officers design a new process for these unique loans. Your company may still have to fill out the formal ...

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'We can do this,' local newspapers tell Health and Human Services

More than 2,500 local newspapers today joined a letter from National Newspaper Association to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra asking to join the agency’s public education campaign ...

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NNA ISSUE BRIEF: Applying for a second PPP loan by locality not allowed if first loan was for entire company

Despite the fact that some group-owned newspapers gained new ability to file for a Paycheck Protection Program loan by locality, publishers that got a first loan as a company may not apply by locality ...

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NNA ISSUE BRIEF: Check on your employee retention tax credits

National Newspaper Association members are reminded that the Employee Retention Credit is available under new terms because of the December 27, 2020, stimulus legislation.

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Copyright — the most common reason newspapers contact the NNA Legal Hotline

A. This is probably the most common legal question for the NNA Legal Hotline and it happened to a member this winter. Here is the usual scenario: Graphics editor was on deadline pressure to fill ...

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Free press wins in Perlman v. Vox Media

In Perlman v. Vox Media, the question was whether a story could live on indefinitely through its links, which would set the stage for lawsuits long after the statute of limitation for the original story ...

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New York legislation would relay recycling fees to businesses and producers of product

Diane Kennedy, New York Newspaper Association’s executive director, on why the legislation is a bad idea.

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NNA adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Major changes are ahead for the U.S. Postal Service and newspaper mailers, with or without Congressional action on a postal reform plan, but legislative assistance could soften the blows to newspaper mailers. That ...

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National Newspaper Association adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Wesner’s comments came at the conclusion of DeJoy’s release of the USPS 10-year plan “Delivering for America,” in which multiple changes in USPS’ approach to preserving Universal ...

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