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.
Print Powers efforts to date have proven results. We have:
- Preserved the advertising tax deduction.
- Helped secure tax relief for businesses large and small, including lower rates for S-Corps, estate tax exemptions for family-owned printers, and the ability to fully expense equipment.
- Exempted the printing industry from onerous federal regulations, such as Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements for printed children's books and toys.
- Blocked efforts to flip delivery default methods from paper to electronic in the financial services, pharmaceutical and government information sectors.
Many more challenge lie ahead. We aim to:
- Derail Congressional attempts to restrict advertising for specific industries.
- Support modernizing the U.S. Postal Service while maintaining a postal rate system that is affordable and predictable.
- Protect print from harsh EPA, OSHA and National Labor Relations Board regulations.
- Pass legislation to grow the industry's skilled workforce through vocational training and apprenticeships.
- Preserve consumer choice and stem demand destruction by advocating policies that promote paper-based communications.
- Serve as environmental stewards focused on efficiencies and recycling.
- Promote print and packaging innovations that support the explosion of omni-channel marketing and e-commerce.