Lobbying Key Industry Issues

Lobbying Key Industry Issues

PIA keeps a pulse on policy issues making real-life, bottom-line impacts on the print industry by:

  • Identifying emerging threats or opportunities
  • Engaging in shaping policy debate
  • Providing input and improvements to House and Senate bills
  • Sounding the alarm when a critical vote is taking place

Printing Industry of America's affairs program has long been seen as the industry gold standard, notching wins and saving printers from policy pitfalls for decades.

Recent Advocacy Efforts

PIA has successfully lobbied Congress to preserve the advertising tax deduction, exempt virtually all family-owned printers from the estate tax, and achieve 100 percent expensing for new and used equipment. We've also scored an industry-specific exemption from onerous environmental product testing required for children's products, beat back efforts to flip from paper to electronic default in the financial services, pharmaceutical and government information sectors, and worked in concert with PIA Affiliates to block state-by-state efforts to ban or restrict advertising mail.

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy efforts to-date have proven results with key industry victories such as:

  • Preserving the advertising tax deduction during the last major tax reform debate
  • Overturning tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper
  • Securing tax relief for businesses large and small, lower rates for S-Corps, estate tax exemptions for family-owned printers, and the ability to fully expense new and used equipment
  • Seeking solutions to the industry's crisis of finding skilled workers by urging reauthorization of the Perkins Career & Technical Education Act
  • Working to combat demand destruction of printed products and efforts to restrict mail

Yet many challenges lie ahead. These include:

  • Modernizing operations of the U.S. Postal Service
  • Promoting consumer choice and access to paper- based communications while blocking attempts to flip delivery default methods from paper to electronic
  • Fighting tariff policies that upend supply chain function and increase operational costs
  • Derailing Congressional attempts to restrict advertising and promotional printed products for specific verticals
  • Capitalizing on print's positive role in the areas of environmental stewardship, recycling, technology and marketplace innovation

Learn more about PIA's industry advocacy.