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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

Prominent community newspaper publishers comment to House Subcommittee about impact on newspaper readers from failures in mail delivery

Chicago publisher Dorothy R. Leavell and central Illinois publisher John Galer advised the House Subcommittee on Government Operations today that delayed mail delivery is costing newspapers time, money ...

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How to solicit business via fax ⁠— fax machine is still an important business tool in many small companies

Now comes the question — what if you send a fax to someone with whom you do not have an established business relationship and it contains a little bit of advertising, like a tag line about your special ...

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Local Journalism Sustainability Act update — progress

The National Newspaper Association made progress in September with the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, legislation by Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, that would provide ...

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NNA and other organizations ask Court to continue audio transmissions

The Court, which has long resisted live electronic transmission of arguments, began during COVID-19 shutdowns to provide an audio feed. The Court reconvenes for its 2021-22 term Oct. 1 and has said it ...

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SBA opens new forgiveness portal

The Small Business Administration has opened a new portal for businesses that have not yet received forgiveness for their Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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USPS rewarded for poor service as rates rise, mail volumes fall and service declines

The Postal Service is being rewarded for poor service through the Postal Regulatory Commission’s new rate-setting authority, a coalition of mailer organizations led by the National Postal Policy ...

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No postage increase in January, but two are on deck each year beginning January 2023

The U.S. Postal Service today announced it will not implement a postage increase in January 2022. The next increase will be in July 2022. Then it will begin a new regime of twice-yearly increases, beginning ...

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Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) payment for postage ends; Inactive permit holders must act by Sept 30

For Periodicals, permits for users still on CAPS were targeted to be marked inactive on August 15 if payment systems had not migrated. Newspapers with inactive permits have until September 30 to contact ...

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Postage rate increase will go into effect Aug. 29, Court says

The Court simply issued a statement that the petition was denied, without providing any reasoning for the decision. 

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PRC grants USPS deregulation of PO Box pricing

The Postal Regulatory Commission has allowed USPS to deregulate prices for PO Boxes in locations where a competitor is available within 5 miles of a post office. The deregulation will allow USPS to set ...

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With remote employees, where do we pay state income taxes?

Q. With so many employees now seeking work-from-home status, our situation is complicated. Our circulation area is near a state border, so some of our employees live in another state. When they were ...

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National Newspaper Association, News Media Alliance and others ask court to intervene to stop Aug. 29 postage rate increase

A coalition of organizations representing commercial and nonprofit users of the mail on Friday petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to issue a stay preventing the U.S. ...

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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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