PUBLISHERS ENCOURAGED BY MEETING ON CAPITOL HILL

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(July 18, 2001) -- Magazine publishers who met with the postmaster general and congressional leaders Tuesday came away encouraged, Magazine Publishers of American President-CEO Nina Link said today.

Publishers have seen two postal rate increases this year and are bracing for the Postal Service to request a third increase in October that would likely be effective in October 2002.

Ms. Link said the new Postmaster General, Jack Potter, a former director of operations for the Postal Service, pledged to work to increase the efficiency of handling so-called magazine flats, thereby lessening the need for future rate hikes.

Congressional leaders, meanwhile, are becoming increasingly aware of the need to revamp the Postal Service. Ms. Link said Government Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., told publishers an examination of changes for the Postal Service will be a top focus of his committee.

The publishers also told lawmakers they were concerned about any attempt to tax drug advertisements and to require schools to receive parental permission before getting any information on children, she said. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright July 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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