The Trump administration eased back somewhat from its proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint, which could further devastate newspapers, but the U.S. International Trade Commission, which has the final say, should kill the taxes entirely when it hears the matter later this month.
The case arose from a complaint by a lone Washington paper mill owned by a New York hedge fund. The North Pacific Paper Co. argued Canada was unfairly subsidizing its producers, allowing them to undercut American companies. In response, the Commerce Department implemented tariffs in January of up to 22 percent on Canadian imports.
Newsprint is traditionally the second-largest cost for most publishers. During a time when print publications are struggling to meet the challenges of a digital market, the higher costs threaten to further drag down a variety of interests, particularly community newspapers, which play a vital role in keeping small-town and rural residents informed.
In Thursday’s announcement, the Trump administration revealed a handful of modifications. It will now spare two Canadian paper companies from the tariff while imposing a duty of 22 percent on another company. Remaining producers north of the border will face tariffs of up to 9.81 percent.
While an improvement, the adjustments don’t go far enough. A bipartisan bill proposed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has 20 co-sponsors and would put the tariffs on ice until the completion of an economic impact study. Identical legislation has support in the House.
A version of this editorial first appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a News Herald sister paper with GateHouse Media.
Moving forward in Walton County
Walton County residents in favor of customary use need to realize property owners do have real property rights, and while the beach is something a lot of people enjoy, it isn’t the property owners who drew these lines to the water line.
Beachfront owners who are against customary use need to realize the beach is different than any other land in the world, especially in this area. Owners aren’t doing anyone any favors by running people off the edge of a property line when no one else is around. That’s just rude and unnecessary. How much of your life are you enjoying if you’re just sitting there waiting for someone to come so you can tell them to leave an empty beach?
And the public doesn’t help when they go on these owners’ properties and act like they were born in a barn.
The truth is this: Neither side is going to get everything, and both sides are going to end up spending a lot of money on the issue.
So instead of arguing endlessly, have real conversations, compromise and find the answers that will get Walton County moving forward again.
A version of this editorial first appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News, a News Herald sister paper with GateHouse Media.